ROD-LESS ANGLERFISH FROM EDITHBURGH CONFIRMED AS BEING A NEW SPECIES

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Congratulations to downunderpix’s Paul Macdonald & Elizabeth Solich on having the little rod-less anglerfish that they have been finding at Edithburgh confirmed as being a new species that has been given the name Narungga Frogfish, Histiophryne narungga. It was previously thought to have been the cryptic or rodless anglerfish, Histiophryne […]

The sinking of the PS Renmark (and the recovery of some of its artefacts)

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The PS Renmark burned at Goolwa on 2nd February 1951, shortly after being refitted as a tourist steamer (according to “Redgum & Paddlewheelers” by Peter J Phillips). Here is a picture from the State Library of South Australia when the PS Renmark was a showboat: – State Library of South […]

Doug Seton & the UEC of SA’s involvement in the Montebello Shipwreck in 1967

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The wreck of the Montebello on Kangaroo Island is well-documented in books such as “Kangaroo Island Shipwrecks” by Gifford Chapman and “Shipwreck Sites of Kangaroo Island” by Robert McKinnon. Not so well-documented is the Underwater Explorers Club of South Australia’s visit to the site around 1967. It just so happened […]

The Red Gurnard, Chelidonichthys kumu

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This article was inspired by Jenni Wyrsta’s photo of a dolphin playing with what appears to be a red gurnard, Chelidonichthys kumu. Jenni posted this photo on Facebook on 1st August 2020: – A dolphin playing with what appears to be a red gurnard (Photo taken by Jenni Wyrsta) Further investigation […]

Some Comments on Clingfish

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David Muirhead recently found out via the iNaturalist “About link” that many (most?) of the world’s 100+ species* of clingfish, especially those in the miniaturisation clade, which includes most of the southern Australian species, have a mucous coat that is distasteful to humans and outright toxic to their predators. * […]