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This week in Fish: Death defying Cleanerfish

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 15 Feb 2013

Here's the last 7 days of fishy action.  As always, many thanks to everyone who contributed.

Blackback Snake Blenny, Ophiclinus gracilis

Mark McGrouther © Australian Museum

Highlights for my week included watching a small Common Cleanerfish 'defy death' as it swims repeatedly through the parrot-like jaws of a Scribbled Pufferfish. Andrew Wilner also provided footage of a Burgundy Shrimpgoby and its busy shrimp 'housemate'. Click on the top two links below to watch both movies.  Hans Ho continued his examination of seabat and coffinfish specimens in the collection.

New movies:

Common Cleanerfish and Scribbled Puffer
Burgundy Shrimpgoby, Amblyeleotris wheeleri (AM YouTube channel)
Golden Rabbitfish, Siganus guttatus
Redthroat Emperor, Lethrinus miniatus
Teardrop Butterflyfish, Chaetodon unimaculatus

New images:

Blackback Snake Blenny, Ophiclinus gracilis
Female Swarthy Parrotfish
Golden Rabbitfish, Siganus guttatus
Redthroat Emperor, Lethrinus miniatus
Smallmouth Hardyhead specimens
Smallmouth Hardyhead, Atherinosoma microstoma
Smallmouth Hardyheads in seagrass
Teardrop Butterflyfish, Chaetodon unimaculatus

New factsheets:

Blackback Snake Blenny, Ophiclinus gracilis
Golden Rabbitfish, Siganus guttatus
Smallmouth Hardyhead, Atherinosoma microstoma

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