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By Author: Mark McGrouther

New genus of fish named after Richard Dawkins

Australian Museum Research Associate Rohan Pethiyagoda and coauthors have recently described a new genus of fish - Dawkinsia, named after evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 18 Jul 2012

This week in Fish: Bruce Robison and spawning Luderick

This week we were visited by Dr Bruce Robison from MBARI.  Bruce gave a fascinating presentation on deepwater animals.  Another highlight was watching footage of a Luderick spawning aggregation.  I had never before seen the colour change shown by the males.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 13 Jul 2012

This week in fish: Lots of movies

This week we added some great new movies from Ian Banks, the Serpent Project and two taken by me in South Australia.  The week also had a distinctly 'sunfishy flavour'. Thank you to everyone who contributed.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 06 Jul 2012

Sharks feeding on a whale carcase

This amazing footage was taken near Warroora Station, Western Australia.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 25 Jun 2012

This week in Fish: YouTube movie links

The site now allows embedding of movies from Youtube!  This week we have added two movies from Ian Banks and another that shows a rare Sharptail Sunfish. We were really pleased to be able to add images of Painted Sweetlip that showed the changes that occur as the fish matures. A fantastic image of a Threadfin Dragonfish by AM photographer Stuart Humphreys was the icing on the cake. Thank you as always to everyone who contributed during the week.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 22 Jun 2012

This week in Fish: Variable Snake Blenny

This week we added an image of an adult Black Pomfret to go with the great shots of the juvenile that we added last week.  Thanks everyone for your contributions.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 15 Jun 2012

This week in Fish: New website online

It's been quite a wait, but the new-look Australian Museum website is online and plenty of new content has been added since the last Fish Bits post.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 08 Jun 2012

This week in Fish: Stephanie and Spadenose Clingfish

The highlights of the week were the commencement of a new stint of employment for Stephanie Baccarella and the arrival of two specimens of Spearfish Remora. The Spearfish Remora is a pale pink fish that uses its sucking disc to attach to the gills of marlin and spearfish. These specimens are the first for the collection and will definitely feature on the website soon. There is still so much to learn about Australian fishes!  Thank you as always to all our contributors.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 05 Apr 2012

Large Muraenid Leptocephali

The stunning video below, shows large leptocephali filmed by divers at three locations within the Indonesian Archipelago from 2009 to 2011. 

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 31 Mar 2012

This week in Fish: Incredible eel movie

Despite having a few days off work with a cold, the week turned out to be very exciting on the web front.  We added a great new video to the museum's YouTube channel, plus added some stunning new images.  Thanks as always to everyone who contributed.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 30 Mar 2012