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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!