This Week in Fish: Mako magic

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 17 May 2013

What do you see in the image?  Interlocking vine leaves? Think again. These are the scales of a Mako Shark from the fish collection.

Shortfin Mako scales

Shortfin Mako scales
Photographer: Sue Lindsay © Australian Museum

Thank you to Sue Lindsay in the Microscopy & Microanalysis Unit who took this fantastic image using the museum's scanning electron microscope. The shape and arrangement of shark scales (denticles) often reflect the habitat and behaviour of the species.  View the image gallery.

New factsheet:

Collar Seahorse, Hippocampus jugumus

New images:

Gracile Saury at Osprey Reef
Gracile Saury, Saurida gracilis
Hippocampus jugumus - holotype
Shortfin Mako scales
Stout Longtom, Tylosurus gavialoides

Past staff:

John Pogonoski - staff page

New familiy list:

Pseudomugilidae - Blue Eyes

Tags mako, magic, vine leaves, fishes, ichthyology,