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This week in Fish: Toxin glands and a meal to die for

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 04 Jun 2010

This week we look at the toxin glands of a Southern Peacock Sole.  We find out what it is like to be stung by a Demon Stinger and try to digest the image of a fish that bit off more than it could chew.  In all, over 60 pages were moved over to the new site.

Toxin glands of a Southern Peacock Sole

Tony Gill © Tony Gill

Toxin glands of a Southern Peacock Sole

Ichthyologist, Dr Tony Gill sent an image of the fin of a Southern Peacock Sole that was being cleared and stained. The toxin glands and the pores through which the toxin is released are clearly visible.  Thanks Tony!

Pain relief please

Dr Richard (Harry) Harris declined the kind offer of having his foot urinated on while enduring the pain resulting from the Sting of a Stinger.

The fish with eyes bigger than its stomach

This incredible image of a Horned Two-rod Angler and Snoutscale Whiptail just proves the old adage that you should never eat anything bigger than your head!

Fish FAQ

What is the second smallest species of fish?

General pages

Ghost Flatheads (family Hoplichthyidae)
Swallowers, Pseudoscopelus spp
World's first Black Marlin caught on Rod and Reel

Visitors

Darryl Houston and 12 of his students from the TAFE NSW-Sydney Institute were taken on a tour of the fish collection.

New species fact sheets

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

Bentstick Pipefish, Trachyrhamphus bicoarctatus
Eucla Slickhead, Rouleina eucla
Gracile Saury, Saurida gracilis
Harlequin Smiler, Opistognathus eximius
Little Maori Wrasse, Oxycheilinus bimaculatus
Pacific Basslet, Pseudanthias huchtii
Redstripe Basslet, Pseudanthias fasciata
Ringtail Unicornfish, Naso annulatus
Roundface Batfish, Platax teira
Royal Dottyback, Pseudochromis paccagnellae
Silver Spot, Threpterius maculosus
Araara, Pseudocaranx georgianus
Sixline Wrasse, Pseudocheilinus hexataenia
Slender Rainbow Wrasse, Suezichthys gracilis
Smalleye Gudgeon, Prionobutis microps
Smalleye Squaretail, Tetragonurus cuvieri
Smallscale Bullseye, Pempheris compressa
Smallspine Turretfish, Tetrosomus reipublicae
Snubnose Dart, Trachinotus blochii
Snubnosed Eel, Simenchelys parasitica
Sombre Sweetlips, Plectorhinchus schotaf
Southern Roughy, Trachichthys australis
Southern Spineback, Notacanthus sexspinis
Spangled Emperor, Lethrinus nebulosus
Spangled Tubeshoulder, Persparsia kopua
Speckled Damsel, Pomacentrus bankanensis
Spikey Oreodory, Neocyttus rhomboidalis
Spine-cheek Clownfish, Premnas biaculeatus
Splendid Hawkfish, Notocirrhitus splendens
Spotted Grubfish, Parapercis ramsayi
Spotted Scat, Scatophagus argus
Stout Floater, Schindleria brevipinguis
Stout Longtom, Tylosurus gavialoides
Striate Anglerfish, Antennarius striatus
Striped Scat, Selenotoca multifasciata
Stripey, Microcanthus strigatus
Swallowtail Dart, Trachinotus coppingeri
Swarthy Parrotfish, Scarus niger
Swordfish, Xiphias gladius
Tailor, Pomatomus saltatrix
Tasselsnout Flathead, Thysanophrys cirronasa
Theodore's Threadfin Bream, Nemipterus theodorei
Thetis Fish, Neosebastes thetidis
Threadfin Leatherjacket, Paramonacanthus filicauda
Tripletail Maori Wrasse, Cheilinus trilobatus
Trumpeter Whiting, Sillago maculata
Tubemouth, Siphonognathus argyrophanes
Two-line Monocle Bream, Scolopsis bilineata
Undescribed Anglerfish
Variegated Lizardfish, Synodus variegatus
Violet Roughy, Optivus agastos
Wavy Grubfish, Parapercis haackei
Whitespot Parrotfish, Scarus forsteni
Whitespotted Anglerfish, Phyllophryne scortea
Yellowspotted Boarfish, Paristiopterus gallipavo
Yellowspotted Triggerfish, Pseudobalistes fuscus
Yellowtail Scad, Trachurus novaezelandiae
Zebra Lionfish, Dendrochirus zebra

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