This week we added images of far-flung fish species; two surgeonfishes from Mauritius and a damselfish from Bali. Yes, I know this is the AUSTRALIAN Museum website, but these species also occur in Australia, so no excuse was needed. Thank you to everyone who contributed throughout the week.
The 'fish doctor' has been working in the collection this week. PhD student Melissa Martin works on fish doctors, a group of fish parasites also known as fish lice and tongue biters. Rob Harcourt sent some action shots of an Eastern Angelshark having its fate 'sealed'. Thanks to everyone who contributed.
This week we feature a rare Banded Cucumberfish that was caught at a depth of about 500 m. The species was only scientifically named in 2010. Thank you to Hal Epstein for sending images, then dropping the fish off at the museum. Welcome also to Ghost Flathead researcher Yuki Nagano who is visiting this week.
This week we go on a 'habitat road trip', as we watch Golden Perch in the green waters of Blowering Dam, a snailfish swimming in the ocean depths, a stargazer bursting from the sediment and pipefish living between the tentacles of an anemone in the clear waters of Komodo Island. Thank you everyone!
Despite the heat and some logistical challenges, we had a very productive time in East Timor. Eight dives were made and many specimens collected. The specimens will be shipped soon and then the process of identifying the 'small things' can begin in earnest.
The week has been a short one, hence the paucity of new content. Thanks as always to all contributors.
Next week the 'marine team' travels to East Timor to participate in a biodiversity survey. Despite the busy week of preparations we managed to add some interesting content. Dr Stuart Welsh visited to work on freshwater catfishes and we received a great video on 'Monty' the Blue Groper. Thanks to everyone who contributed.