Category: Science

Fish mimicking octopus mimicking fish!

The Mimic Octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus) has been known for some years for its ability to mimic flatfish, lionfish and seasnakes.  A recent discovery in Indonesia adds a whole new twist to this story.  The Black-marble Jawfish (Stalix cf. histrio) mimics the Mimic Octopus. This is believed to allow the small fish to forage in relative safety well away from its burrow.

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

This week in Fish: 2011 - it was a big year!

Thank you very much to everyone who contributed to the fish site throughout the year.  Permission to use images and movies was granted by 87 people. I've compiled a short summary, below, of what you have made possible.  So, thank you and best wishes for a happy, safe (and fishy) 2012.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 30 Dec 2011

This week in Fish: First live photos of a Monte Bello Seahorse

We added some great new content this week and are excited to show images of a Monte Bello Seahorse. These may be the first underwater photos of the species. As always, thank you to everyone who contributed and best wishes to all our 'fish friends' for the Festive Season.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 23 Dec 2011

Balinese Women Artists: Collecting their Stories and Paintings

Balinese Paintings: collaborative research - Siobhan Campbell - Sydney University, & Stan Florek - Australian Museum - October 2011.

By: Dr Stan Florek, Category: Science, Date: 20 Dec 2011

The Octopus and the 'Living Fossil': Closer Than We Thought

Q&A with the Museum biologist who helped answer an enduring question about the family tree of the second largest group of animals on earth: molluscs.

By: Michael Hugill, Category: Science, Date: 15 Dec 2011

This week in Fish: Hagfish movie and Red Bass

Well technically speaking, it hasn't been a week.  A few of the images below were added to the site before I went on leave, and a few have been added since I returned.  Thank you as always to all who have contributed.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 09 Dec 2011

Unique role played at the Australian Museum

The Australian Museum’s scientists are often asked to apply their expertise in unexpected ways.

By: Maxine Kauter, Category: Science, Date: 30 Nov 2011

For Arts Sake! – Visiting Bali #11

The sacred and profane.

By: Dr Stan Florek, Category: Science, Date: 29 Nov 2011

Calling on Tongan Traditions: A special visit

Lady Tunakaimanu Feilakepa is renowned and greatly respected for her traditional cultural knowledge in Tonga and across the Pacific. For one week in November 2011 Mrs. Fielakepa visited the museum to share her memories, knowledge and passion for Tongan traditions. 

By: Laura Williams, Category: Science, Date: 25 Nov 2011

DigiVol: What... you work with dead insects!

Read here about two volunteers who work on the Digitisation Project

By: Leonie Prater, Category: Science, Date: 24 Nov 2011