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By Author: Mark McGrouther

Psychedelic frogfish makes a splash

In 2009, colleagues at the University of Washington, created quite a stir when they described a new species of frogfish from Indonesia.  The fish goes by the scientific name Histiophryne psychedelica.  When you watch the movie you'll probably agree that psychedelica is a good name for this strange fish.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 08 Sep 2010

Common and Standard Names

Someone asked me about the difference between common and standard names.  The video covers this topic and more.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 06 Sep 2010

The exciting life of Anglerfishes

Ichthyology Collection Manager, Mark McGrouther, talks about deepsea anglerfishes.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 06 Sep 2010

This week in Fish: Shrek Fish, Frill and Megamouth Sharks

This week we feature movies of three strange fishes that were on other websites.  To each we have included additional information. As usual we are delighted to show movies and images from 'local' contributors. More images and fact sheets have been migrated from the old site.  As always - thank you to all our contributors!

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 03 Sep 2010

Asian Sheepshead Wrasse

A weird-looking fish that people have compared with Shrek, the animated character, has been filmed in Japan.  The fish is an Asian Sheepshead Wrasse, Semicossyphus reticulatus.  It is a labrid fish (family Labridae) that occurs in China, Japan, and both North and South Korea. Australia is home to over 180 species of wrasses.  Regrettably for divers, the Asian Sheepshead Wrasse is not one of them.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 03 Sep 2010

Frill Shark in Japan

The Frill Shark normally lives in oceanic waters at depths from 120 m to 1500 m. This fish was filmed alive (although most likely moribund) by Japanese divers.

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

Megamouth Shark movie

The movie shows an underwater encounter with a rare Megamouth Shark.

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

This week in Fish: Fantastic fish feeding footage

This week we show footage of Marlin, whales and seals feeding. There is also great footage of sharks and an Oilfish from the Coral Sea.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 27 Aug 2010

Eastern Blue Groper and Striped Catfish

The Eastern Blue Groper and Striped Catfish are species often encounterd by divers in New South Wales waters. 

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 27 Aug 2010

Fantastic fish feeding footage

After adding the BBC Life footage of Sailfish feeding to the site last week, Tom Rayner suggested that I look at 'The Last Sardine'.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 23 Aug 2010