It has been a busy week. Two visiting researchers arrived on Monday. They are examining morid cods in the ichthyology collection for the next fortnight. We added another image of juvenile Roundface Batfish in Sydney, and bathed in a wealth of new fish images. Thank you to all who contributed.
It's a special week. A new fish family has been discovered. You can view a movie of this primitive eel that lives in a dark cave at the base of a coral reef in Palau. Of course, there are plenty of other great images to check out. Thank you very much, as always, to everyone who contributed.
Dr Dave Johnson from the US National Museum in Washington just emailed me about an incredible eel that he and colleagues recently described. The fish, Protanguilla palau, is now classified in a new family, the Protanguillidae. It is one of the oldest eels (in evolutionary terms) known.
This week we feature footage of a 'very lazy' snailfish filmed more than 1 km below the surface. Sadly, we show yet another incidence of how innocuous-appearing litter can have disastrous effects on fishes. As always, thank you to all the people who have contributed images.
The content of this post actually covers a little more than one week. The addition of web content was interrupted last week because we spent four days in Townsville attending the 2011 Australian Society for Fish Biology annual conference and collections workshop. There is a feast of fishy content listed below.
This week we feature the incredible Glasshead Barreleye along with underwater images of the famous Smalltooth Cookiecutter Shark. We show divers descending through clear water at the Kermadec Islands and watch a Pacific Leaping Blenny go through its paces. Thank you very much to everyone who contributed.
This week we feature the incredible Pacific Leaping Blenny and show movie footage of a very lively Spikefin Goby in an aquarium. We farewell Justine our 'metal tag worker' and ask the question "Why don't anemonefishes get stung?".
This embedded video shows a Spikefin Goby in an aquarium. The species was described in 1978 by Hoese and Fourmanoir. The standard Australian name for the species is Spikefin Goby not Flaming Prawn Goby as written on the video frame.