This week we feature a blog post on Dr Jeff Leis' research. We show you how to age a shark by examining its backbone and present an image of a juvenile fish collected in French Polynesia, along with the net that collected it. We welcome Dr Barry Russell, who is currently visiting the
'Small' fish make the big time
Blog post about how the research of Australian Museum scientist Jeff Leis was recently featured in a leading international science magazine. The article discusses how tiny larval fishes survive in the ocean and find a reef home.
Larval fish description:
Larval Eastern Pomfred Schuettea scalaripinnis (Steindachner, 1866)
How do scientists age a shark from its vertebrae? The images below provide a glimpse into how it is done.
New fish index:
French Polynesian fishes
During a recent expedition to French Polynesia, a crest net was used to catch larval fishes. A number of the fishes, including a Surge Wrasse emerged as juveniles after spending days hidden in the sand at the bottom of an aquarium.