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Aug 7

August 7, 2018

Cleaner Shrimp Study

I found these details online (at via a National Geographic email: – It is an article titled “Secret Code Prevents Cleaner Shrimp from Becoming a Meal” and it was written by Liz Langley (Published July 7, 2018). It came with a sub-title of “Reef shrimp and their fish clients use special signals that communicate cooperation, a new study says”.... Read more

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Jul 31

July 31, 2018

Mainstay Puffer, Arothron firmamentum, sighting at Brighton, SA

We recently received this fish photo via our Facebook page: –   It came along with this message from Lee Roberts: – “Hi, (I) found this puffer fish flapping in the surf at Brighton. Is it a starry pufferfish?” I was able to reply (in the name of the Marine Life Society of South Australia): – “Hi Lee, your photo... Read more

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Jul 30

July 30, 2018

‘Young Parrotfish’ Clean Algae From Manatee

My ongoing study of fish cleaners and cleaner fish continued recently when I caught the last ¾ of “Atlantic: The Wildest Ocean on Earth” (Season 1, Episode 3) on Channel 9 TV recently. I had missed the first 15 minutes of the program but settled down to watch the remainder of it when I saw that it featured much marine... Read more

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Jun 26

June 26, 2018

Banded Morwong sighting at Western River, Kangaroo Island

David Muirhead recently posted two old slide scans of an adult Banded Morwong, (Cheilodactylus spectabilis) from 1989 on iNaturalist. David’s comments accompanying the two slides read: – “2 old slide scans of an adult Banded Morwong at a (Western Cleaner Clingfish) station in a big, open cave near cliff base at Western River (via charter boat tender). …. a leatherjacket... Read more

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Jun 8

June 8, 2018

Sunfish approaches the surface in a horizontal position

Sunfish sightings in the Encounter Bay/Waitpinga Cliffs area (Updated)

Our Waitpinga correspondent, Elizabeth Steele-Collins recently reported the sighting of three sunfish (Mola) in the “Encounter Bay/Waitpinga Cliffs area” in one week. We heard that the three sightings involved “at least two different individuals (owing to size differences)”. Elizabeth has now clarified the matter as follows: – “I personally only sighted the 1 Sunfish from Waitpinga Cliffs (6th June 2018)... Read more

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May 8

May 8, 2018

More Tropical Fish Cleaners

I recently came across this photo of a sunfish (Mola) at Nusa Lambongan, apparently being cleaned by bannerfish (Heniochus) posted by PT Hirschfield of Pink Tank Scuba on her Facebook page. Heniochus banner fish cleaning a sunfish (Image supplied PT Hirschfield / Pink Tank Scuba) The apparent cleaning of the sunfish by the bannerfish caught my eye. The situation is... Read more

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Apr 4

April 4, 2018

The Removal of Shark Parasites

I recently saw some film footage on an episode of David Attenborough’s “Blue Planet II” showing several silky sharks, Carcharhinus falciformis, seemingly scraping parasites off of a whale shark, Rhincodon typus. It occurred to me that this was a form of fish cleaning to add to my growing list. I found confirmation of what I had seen on “Blue Planet... Read more

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Mar 7

March 7, 2018

Sea Turtle Cleaners

To extend upon my series of article regarding cleaning symbiosis and fish cleaners, I will now discuss the cleaning of sea turtles. According to Wikipedia, “Cleaning symbiosis is known from several groups of animals both in the sea and on land. Cleaners include fish, shrimps and birds; clients include a much wider range of fish, marine reptiles including turtles and... Read more

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Feb 8

February 8, 2018

The Japanese Goby is similar to Krefft’s Goby

I have been helping Catherine McMahon from Port River Shellfish Restoration Project to monitor oysters being kept in baskets in the Port River system. One interesting aspect of the monitoring is the marine life that turns up in the oyster baskets. We have found fish, shells, pygmy squid, nudibranchs, flatworms, shrimps, blue-ringed octopus, etc.. I have been pleased to find... Read more

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Feb 8

February 8, 2018

Cleaner Clingfish Cleaning Common Seadragons Captured on Camera at Sydney

Further to my article titled The study of fish cleaning behaviour in South Australian waters , at iNaturalist , Mark McGrouther shows two Common Seadragon, Phyllopteryx taeniolatus images by Andrew Trevor-Jones. Mark reports that the images show an Eastern Cleaner Clingfish, Cochleoceps orientalis on the side of a Common Seadragon. An Eastern Cleaner Clingfish, Cochleoceps orientalis on the side of... Read more

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