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By Author: Mark McGrouther

Southern Garfish, Hyporhamphus melanochir

I was recently emailed about his footage of Southern Garfish feeding in the shallows in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria.  The videographer reported that the garfish "were breaking off strands of eelgrass and apparently stripping small invertebrates off the grass as well."

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

This week in Fish: First specimen of Denise's Pygmy Seahorse

It was a week of images, punctuated by another of Amanda's blog posts from Lizard Island.  Ed Roberts kindly supplied an image of the first Denise's Pygmy Seahorse known from Australian waters.  The larval Barred Soapfish image is spectacular and John Harris' images of Cox's Gudgeon climbing Penrith Weir are pretty impressive.  Thanks to everyone who contributed.

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

This week in Fish: More from the field

This week Amanda Hay reports again from Lizard Island where she is doing fieldwork.  As usual, there are plenty of new images, a movie of a Whiptail with a parasitic problem and we welcome our new volunteer Morgan Crowcroft-Brown.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 27 Jan 2012

This week in Fish: Pipefish close up

This week we feature the first of a series of blog posts from Lizard Island.  There are some great new images of freshwater and marine fishes and a short movie of a large Black Rockcod filmed during the Kermadec Islands expedition. Thank you everyone.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 20 Jan 2012

This week in Fish: Shorthead Seahorse and Saddled Snake Eel

We added some great images and movies this week.  The Eastern Red Scorpionfish page has been updated to reflect the correct species name and an image of a juvenile Southern Red Scorpionfish was added.  Thanks all!

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

This week in Fish: Octopus mimic

The first week of the new year sees us back into the swing of things.  Thanks everyone for your contributions.  The fish mimicking an octopus mimicking a fish is quite amazing.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 06 Jan 2012

Eagle rays in the shallows

This movie shows eagle rays (probably Southern Eagle Rays, Myliobatis australis) in very shallow water at Hopetoun, Western Australia.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 06 Jan 2012

Saddled Snake Eel, Leiuranus semicinctus

A Saddled Snake Eel at a depth of 1 m, New Caledonia, 2011. 

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 06 Jan 2012

Fish mimicking octopus mimicking fish!

The Mimic Octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus) has been known for some years for its ability to mimic flatfish, lionfish and seasnakes.  A recent discovery in Indonesia adds a whole new twist to this story.  The Black-marble Jawfish (Stalix cf. histrio) mimics the Mimic Octopus. This is believed to allow the small fish to forage in relative safety well away from its burrow.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 05 Jan 2012

This week in Fish: 2011 - it was a big year!

Thank you very much to everyone who contributed to the fish site throughout the year.  Permission to use images and movies was granted by 87 people. I've compiled a short summary, below, of what you have made possible.  So, thank you and best wishes for a happy, safe (and fishy) 2012.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 30 Dec 2011