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By Author: Mark McGrouther

This week in Fish: Grow a backbone!

This week we feature an incredible piece of research on deepsea fishes that have flexible 'necks' that lack vertebrae.  Bizarre!  Four new movies were loaded, a bunch of images added, and a new image gallery for triggerfishes was compiled.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 15 Oct 2010

Grow a backbone!

Can you imagine living without the vertebrae in your neck?  Surely no animal on earth has a backbone that doesn't connect with its skull.  Think again ...

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 13 Oct 2010

This week in Fish: Suckling fish

It was a short week.  Public holiday on Monday and leave on Friday. This week we feature the visit of researchers from SAIAB and have added a blog post about a fish that suckles its young.  Also added were new volunteer pages, a triggerfish movie and stonefish images.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 11 Oct 2010

A fish that suckles its young

I just read an amazing web page about a fish that suckles its young while they are still inside the female's body.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 01 Oct 2010

This week in Fish: Baby shark cannibals

This week we feature an incredible image of a Warty Prowfish shooting out a cloud of presumably toxic fluid.  We see Port Jackson Sharks mating and talk about cannibalistic shark embryos. The 12 new fish movies complete the current series on wrasses.  Thank you as always to all contributors.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 01 Oct 2010

What's in a name?

Arggghhhh!  Nothing gets my goat more than reading a novel or a report that shows a scientific name with both the genus and species names with upper case letters or neither word in italics.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 29 Sep 2010

This week in Fish: Eel with a 'fishing rod tongue'

It's been a massive movie week! Also featured this week are fantastic images in the Whitespotted Anglerfish gallery. The 'strangest-fish-of-the-week' award has to go to Glenoglossa wassi.  This eel lacks a common name and has a tongue like a fishing rod.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 24 Sep 2010

This week in Fish: Candiru and Slingjaw Wrasse

This week we talk about the Candiru, a small fish that could give you big trouble.  You can watch the amazingly protrusible mouth of a Slingjaw Wrasse as it feeds and try to spot a newly settled Painted grinner buried in sand. Thank you as always to all our generous contributors!

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 17 Sep 2010

Slingjaw Wrasse feeding

The Slingjaw Wrasse is aptly named.  The video shows excellent slow-motion footage of the greatly protrusible mouth during feeding. Click on the link to the fact sheet for more information on this species.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 14 Sep 2010

Humphead Maori Wrasse - up close and personal

This movie shows the species very nicely.  The fish swims so close to the camera it gives us a great view of its fleshy lips, colour pattern on the head and the forehead hump (click on the link to 'Hyperostosis - Swollen Bones' to find out more about this phenomenon).

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 14 Sep 2010