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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
25 Nov 2011