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 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. * […]

New Studies on Fish Pain and Cognition

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Fish are now thought to feel pain in a way that is comparable to land animals. Although not all scientists agree, the consensus that fishes actually do suffer like us is fast approaching. There is also much work being done on fish cognition and emotion, which shows that fish “have […]

More Senator Fish Behaviour

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More Senator Fish Behaviour by Steve Reynolds In my report Recent Return to Rapid I wrote about how I came across a male senator wrasse just laying ahead of me. I didn’t know what the senator wrasse was doing so intently. At the time, I thought that perhaps it was […]

More About Peculiar Colour Patterns in Fish

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More About Peculiar Colour Patterns in Fish by Steve Reynolds I was happy to see a few good-sized Moonlighters, Tilodon sexfasciatus, swimming beneath the old Rapid Bay jetty during my dive on 5th June 2020. I was also very surprised to see the unusual Moonlighter previously seen by David Muirhead, as […]