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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

Huge Oarfish in the shallows

This embedded video shows rare footage of a large Oarfish in shallow coastal water in California.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 22 Jun 2011

Dusky Whaler juveniles in Sydney 2011

Juvenile Dusky Whalers have once again been sighted in the Shelly Beach/Fairy Bower area of Sydney. Following on from sightings in 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2009, Gaetan Guilhon emailed to say that he had filmed juveniles in the same area on 28 May 2011.  View his embedded video below.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 20 Jun 2011

This week in Fish: Moorish Idols and sponge eaters

This week we feature two more movies of Kermadec Islands fishes and we ask the question "Which fishes eat sponges?".

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 17 Jun 2011

Which fishes eat sponges?

A colleague just asked me this question. I had to confess that I wasn't sure of the answer.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 17 Jun 2011

This week in Fish: Back to reality

Returning to work after three weeks on fieldwork is not always easy.  Despite the excellent efforts of Amanda and Sally, there were many emails to answer and plenty of jobs that had to be done.  I have added a number of images and two movies in a feeble attempt to relive the Kermadec experience.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 10 Jun 2011

Kermadec wrap-up

Since I last posted to Fish Bits, I have participated in an amazing fieldtrip to the Kermadec Islands. I returned earlier this week and have now resumed adding content to the fish site.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 03 Jun 2011

This week in Fish: Baby Batfish

It was another big week with heaps of new fishy content added to the site.  Two of the highlights were the spotting of juvenile Roundface Batfish in Sydney Harbour and the addition of a stunning Halimeda Ghostpipefish image.  Follow the links below to read more about these and other happenings.  This will be the first and last Fish Bits post for May.  I will be participating in the Kermadec Islands expedition (more below) until early June.  Thank you as always to everyone who contributed during the week.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 06 May 2011

Batfish in Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour doesn't immediately spring to mind when you think of tropical fishes. That's why we were recently surprised to hear about juvenile Roundface Batfish that have been seen near Clifton Gardens and in Parsley Bay, in the outer harbour.

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