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This week in Fish: Mystery skeleton and great images

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 28 May 2010

This week the international fish community worked together to identify a very strange skeleton.  Some beautiful new images have been added to the site, notably those of a Whale Shark and Fimbriate Moray.  We are also delighted to be able to show an image of a very rare tapetail (baby whalefish) taken by divers in Bali.  The text for another 48 pages has been migrated from the old site!

Whiptail Cusk skeleton

Barry Russell © Barry Russell

Mystery skeleton

A very strange skeleton has caused a two-day sensation amongst some of the world’s best ichthyologists! But finally we have an answer.

New images

Cox's Gudgeon, Gobiomorphus coxii
Fimbriate Moray, Gymnothorax fimbriatus
Largetooth Flounder, Pseudorhombus arsius
Whale Shark, Rhincodon typus
Tapetail at Bali

New image gallery

Pufferfishes and Toadfishes

New comments

Thank you Matt for adding great images as attachments to your comments at the bottom of the Eastern Blue Groper and Maori Rockcod pages.

New FAQ

Fish FAQ - Which species of fish has the shortest lifespan?

New species fact sheets

The following pages have been migrated from the old site.  Many lack images, but these will be added soon.

Australian Sawtail, Prionurus microlepidotus
Blue Razorfish, Iniistius pavo
Boa Scaly Dragonfish, Stomias boa
Classification, diversity and biology of whalefishes and relatives
Dotted Sweetlips, Plectorhinchus picus
Fringefin Trevally, Pantolabus radiatus
Longtail Dottyback, Oxycercichthys veliferus
Luculent Wrasse, Pseudolabrus luculentus
Lyretail Grubfish, Parapercis schauinslandii
Marbled Flathead, Platycephalus marmoratus
Milkfish, Chanos chanos
Mini-fin Parrotfish, Scarus altipinnis
Moluccan Cardinalfish, Apogon monospilus
Moon Wrasse, Thalassoma lunare
Obbes' Catfish, Porochilus obbesi
Ocellate Butterflyfish, Parachaetodon ocellatus
Orange Basslet, Pseudanthias squamipinnis
Orangebanded Gurnard Perch, Neosebastes occidentalis
Orangespotted Glidergoby, Valenciennea puellaris
Ornate Snapper, Pristipomoides argyrogrammicus
Oval Rockcod, Triso dermopterus
Pacific Monkeyfish, Erosa erosa
Painted Anglerfish, Antennarius pictus
Papuan Jawfish, Opistognathus papuensis
Pearly Monocle Bream, Scolopsis margaritifer
Pelagic Armourhead, Pseudopentaceros richardsoni
Piano Fangblenny, Plagiotremus tapeinosoma
Pickhandle Barracuda, Sphyraena jello
Pinkbanded Grubfish, Parapercis nebulosa
Purple Queen, Pseudanthias tuka
Ringed Toadfish, Omegophora armilla
Ringeye Hawkfish, Paracirrhites arcatus
Rough Bullseye, Pempheris klunzingeri
Sabre Squirrelfish, Sargocentron spiniferum
Samurai Squirrelfish, Sargocentron ittodai
Senator Wrasse, Pictilabrus laticlavius
Seram Blenny, Salarias ceramensis
Sevenspot Archerfish, Toxotes chatareus
Short Boarfish, Parazanclistius hutchinsi
Sidespot Goatfish, Parupeneus pleurostigma
Silver Lightfish, Phosichthys argenteus
Southern Sand Flathead, Platycephalus bassensis
Spotted Dragonet, Repomucenus calcaratus
Tiger Flathead, Platycephalus richardsoni
Wedgetail Triggerfish, Rhinecanthus rectangulus
Weedy Scorpionfish, Rhinopias aphanes
White-ear, Parma microlepis
White-edge Coronation Trout, Variola albimarginata

Tags fishes, ichthyology, Fish Bits, Whale Shark, Fimbriate Moray, Tapetail,