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By Author: Mark McGrouther

This week in Fish: Martin and Carl visiting

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.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 26 Aug 2011

This week in Fish: Incredible! A new fish family.

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.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 19 Aug 2011

'Living fossil' eel in an undersea cave

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.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 18 Aug 2011

This week in Fish: Floating snailfish and lethal headband

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.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 12 Aug 2011

This week in Fish: Spiderfish swimming

Another week filled with interesting fishy content.  The highlight was adding a fantastic movie that shows a spiderfish swimming near the bottom, almost 1.5 km below the surface.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 05 Aug 2011

This week in fish: Steen and the Spookfish

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.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 29 Jul 2011

This week in Fish: Deepsea fish with four eyes?

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.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 01 Jul 2011

Pacific Leaping Blenny doing its thing

Last week we added a fantastic image of a Pacific Leaping Blenny, Alticus arnoldorum. This slow-motion video shows how the fish 'takes to the air'.

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

This week in Fish: Pacific Leaping Blenny

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?".

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 24 Jun 2011

Spikefin Goby, Discordipinna griessingeri

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.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 23 Jun 2011