Category: Science

South Australian Oyster Farmers Visit the Museum

Oyster growers Max, Roxanne and Phil Lowe paid us a surprise visit to check on the progress of the South Australian mudworm project.

By: Lexie Walker, Category: Science, Date: 22 May 2012

DigiVol: Why volunteer?

Julie, Louise and Ron are experienced volunteers who provide insight into why they devote their valuable time, knowledge and skills volunteering weekly on this project. Currently, we have over 60 committed volunteers who digitise valuable entomology specimens/labels, malacology specimens/ labels and a range of archival material, including the early Museum registers, fascinating field diaries and beautiful illustrations. The specimen labels and some of the handwritten archival material are transcibed into text by volunteer digitisers as well as the virtual volunteers on the online volunteer portal.

By: Leonie Prater, Category: Science, Date: 09 May 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

This week in Fish: Bridled Clingfish

This week we feature a great movie clip of two Numbfish up close and personal.  Alan Williams from CSIRO Hobart visited to work on lanternfishes.  As usual there are plenty of new fish images.  Thanks to all.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 23 Mar 2012

Mating Coffin Rays

Roger Lee from the Diving Organisation of University of Technology Sydney (DOUTS) captured this terrific footage of Coffin Rays mating.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 23 Mar 2012

Frogs in nests?

Most of the time, frogs deposit their eggs in a pond or stream and leave their offspring to fend for themselves. Limborg's Frogs, however...

By: Dr Jodi Rowley, Category: Science, Date: 22 Mar 2012

DigiVol: Thoughts from Vanessa Finney

An interview with Vanessa Finney, Manager Archives and Records who talks about her experiences working with the Digitisation Project.

By: Leonie Prater, Category: Science, Date: 16 Mar 2012

This week in Fish: Fish eyes through the lens

Among other great images, we have posted photos of the eyes of a Longhead Flathead and a Smalltooth Flounder. The images were not taken with fish eye lenses :). Nearly all species of fishes have eyes, but some don't.  We've provided some links to information on blind fishes plus one link to an Australian species that is blind-in-name-only.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 16 Mar 2012