Fish Behaviour Observed During Autumn

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David Muirhead recently witnessed some unusual behaviour by a pair of Moonlighter, Tilodon sexfasciatus at Moonta Bay jetty (11th March 2022). He later posted four photos that he managed to take of the pair during his snorkel in the jetty swimming enclosure on iNaturalist. David reported his sighting thus: “Initially […]

Edgar Waite, Herbert Hale and Joseph Verco

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I now have a copy of Edgar Waite and Herbert Hale’s “Review of the Lophobranchiate Fishes (Pipefishes and Seahorses) of South Australia”, thanks to the generosity of Robert Browne. The review is an ‘Authors’ Reprint’ “From Records of the South Australian Museum, Vol.1, No.4, January 29th, 1921”. Edgar R. Waite […]

More Unusual Black-headed Fish Sightings

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Renate Honow took this photo of a school of silver drummer, Kyphosus sydneyanus at Christies Beach recently: – A school of silver drummer, Kyphosus sydneyanus at Christies Beach (Taken by Renate Honow) Note that the large fish in the centre of the photo (unusually) has a black head. This is […]

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 […]