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By Author: Mark McGrouther

Larval basslet movies

Fishes of the genus Liopropoma have have extremely long ornate second and third dorsal fin spines during their pelagic larval phase. This ornamentation is lost when the larvae metamophose during the transition between open water habitat and the reefs where Liopropoma species live as adults.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 04 Mar 2012

This week in Fish: Fan-finned mullet

This week we posted images of a strange mullet with elongated fins.  This is not the first image of a strange 'fan-finned' mullet that has been sent to the museum.  We also show an image of a rarely reported dartfish from Sydney Harbour.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 02 Mar 2012

Larval whalefish at Apo Island

It is exceedingly rare to see a juvenile whalefish (a tapetail) in shallow water.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 29 Feb 2012

'Water squirting' Common Lionfish

This video is quite amazing.  It shows an unusual feeding strategy employed by Common Lionfish.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 28 Feb 2012

This week in fish: Warty Anglerfish

It was a 'four day week' this week so we are down an image or two from normal.  Despite that, there are still some great additions.  The Warty Anglerfish is an amazing looking fish and the Red Indian Fish has always been one of my favourites.  This week's blog post, 'Grey Carpetshark senses' is certainly worth a look.  Thank you as always to our contributors.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 26 Feb 2012

Grey Carpetshark senses

In this movie, Ryan Kempster, shark biologist at the University of Western Australia, talks about the senses and survival strategy of the Grey Carpetshark, Chiloscyllium punctatum. Other common names for the species include the Bamboo Shark and Brown-banded Catshark.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 21 Feb 2012

This week in Fish: Incredible Barreleye and a huge shark tooth

This week we show one of the most amazing pieces of movie footage taken in the deep sea.  It's hard to believe that the 'Incredible Barreleye' really exists.  We also show images of a 'sharky find' from southern Queensland.  Thank you to all our contributors!

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 17 Feb 2012

Incredible Barreleye video

This incredible footage of a live Barreleye was taken by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. It has been viewed on YouTube over 3 million times.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 13 Feb 2012

This week in Fish: Shark beaching and Cobbler Wobbegong

Most of us have never seen a shark beach itself in an attempt to catch its prey?  Amanda was lucky enough to watch this happen and included a short video in her final 'Lizard Fish' blog post.  We link to some great footage of Southern Garfish feeding in the shallows in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria. Thank you to everyone who contributed their time and images.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 10 Feb 2012

The Power of X-rays

Colleagues at the Smithsonian have just added a fantastic new online exhibition to their website.  Called 'What You See When You Turn a Fish Inside Out' gives users the chance to strip away the exterior of a fish and take an x-ray peek at its insides. Great stuff!

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 09 Feb 2012