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By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 25 Feb 2011

This week in Fish: A lost Mozambique Seabream

It has been a big week.  Highlights include the receipt of a Mozambique Seabream that was caught in a surprising location and a fact sheet about an unusual habitat for small fishes - sea slugs.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 18 Feb 2011

Dream weaver: a new collection of Maori Kete

Dream weavers: a new collection of contemporary Maori kete (baskets) acquired by the Australian Museum.  

By: Dion Peita, Category: Science, Date: 16 Feb 2011

This week in Fish: Small fishes and shark ageing

This week we feature a blog post on Dr Jeff Leis' research.  We show you how to age a shark by examining its backbone and present an image of a juvenile fish collected in French Polynesia, along with the net that collected it.  We welcome Dr Barry Russell, who is currently visiting the Fish Section to further his research on lizardfishes.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 11 Feb 2011

Uhi ta moko: Art and practice of Maori tattooing

As the art and practice of ta moko developed in Aotearoa - New Zealand, Maori pioneered the use of smaller, narrower uhi without teeth that cut grooves through the skin.

By: Dion Peita, Category: Science, Date: 11 Feb 2011

Cyclone Yasi viewed from Lizard Island

The largest category 5 cyclone to hit the east Australian coast in living memory passed to the south of Lizard Island on the night of 2/3 February.  

By: Dr Anne Hoggett, Category: Science, Date: 08 Feb 2011

This week in Fish: Red Handfish and lumpfish

This week we feature two of the cutest fishes you are likely to see for some time, the Red Handfish and a lumpfish.  We were visited by Dr Keiichi Matsuura who continued his work on fishes in the genus Triodon.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 04 Feb 2011

Obsidian artefacts from Papua New Guinea: major new publication

A major new reference work to assist archaeologists interpret use-wear marks on obsidian artefacts has been published by the Australian Museum.

By: Dr Lynda Kelly, Category: Science, Date: 04 Feb 2011

Lizard Island and Cyclone Yasi

Several people have asked about Lizard Island and Cyclone Yasi, expected to hit Queensland tonight. Here is what we know at present. 

By: Dr Lynda Kelly, Category: Science, Date: 02 Feb 2011

This week in Fish: Hiro and White Shark Jaws

Due to the 'inconvenience' of the Australia Day public holiday and a day of illness, additions were only made to the site on three days.  The highlights were a visit by Research Associate Hiroyuki Motomura, the addition of some White Shark jaw images and a great Fanbelly Leatherjacket shot.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 28 Jan 2011