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Pea flowers at the Field of Mars

A walk around the Field of Mars Environment Education Centre with Steve Papp and Pat Spiers last week revealed a plethora of native flowers of many colours and shapes, including pea flowers - all perfect for a field study of pollinators.

By: Sue Lewis, Category: Lifelong Learning, Date: 14 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

Fish frontiers

Fish scientists find on average about one species per week previously unknown from Australian waters, yet there is still so much we don’t know, says Museum ichthyologist Dr Jeff Leis.

By: Brendan Atkins, Category: Science, Date: 13 Sep 2010

Birds of Paradise Exhibition: Title Testing Results

Over the last week we asked a range of audiences to select their favourite title for our planned Birds of Paradise exhibition (opening April 2011). What did they decide?

By: Dr Lynda Kelly, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 13 Sep 2010

Candiru - careful where you go...

Over the years quite a few people have asked me about the Candiru.  Is it really true that this fish can end up inside the bladder of an unfortunate person who urinates in the wrong stream?

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 12 Sep 2010

This week in Fish: Deepsea anglerfishes and the Lilac-tip Basslet

Highlights for the week include a new movie from Agent 1 on 'The exciting life of Anglerfishes, a movie showing a halosaur at a depth of 1027 m and an outrageously coloured Lilac-tip Basslet swimming on the HMAS Brisbane.  Thank you as always to all our contributors.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 10 Sep 2010

Dinosnore Feedback

Here's what one of our Australian Museum Members had to say about their Dinosnore experience.

By: Dr Lynda Kelly, Category: At The Museum, Date: 08 Sep 2010

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

Students speak for biodiversity

As part of the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity 180 students from 11 high schools gave oral presentations about their biodiversity learning projects in the theatrette at the Australian Museum.

By: Ms Helen Wheeler, Category: Lifelong Learning, Date: 07 Sep 2010