Dr Dave Johnson from the US National Museum in Washington just emailed me about an incredible eel that he and colleagues recently described. The fish, Protanguilla palau, is now classified in a new family, the Protanguillidae. It is one of the oldest eels (in evolutionary terms) known.
This week we feature footage of a 'very lazy' snailfish filmed more than 1 km below the surface. Sadly, we show yet another incidence of how innocuous-appearing litter can have disastrous effects on fishes. As always, thank you to all the people who have contributed images.
The content of this post actually covers a little more than one week. The addition of web content was interrupted last week because we spent four days in Townsville attending the 2011 Australian Society for Fish Biology annual conference and collections workshop. There is a feast of fishy content listed below.
This week we feature the incredible Glasshead Barreleye along with underwater images of the famous Smalltooth Cookiecutter Shark. We show divers descending through clear water at the Kermadec Islands and watch a Pacific Leaping Blenny go through its paces. Thank you very much to everyone who contributed.
This week we feature the incredible Pacific Leaping Blenny and show movie footage of a very lively Spikefin Goby in an aquarium. We farewell Justine our 'metal tag worker' and ask the question "Why don't anemonefishes get stung?".
This embedded video shows a Spikefin Goby in an aquarium. The species was described in 1978 by Hoese and Fourmanoir. The standard Australian name for the species is Spikefin Goby not Flaming Prawn Goby as written on the video frame.
Juvenile Dusky Whalers have once again been sighted in the Shelly Beach/Fairy Bower area of Sydney. Following on from sightings in 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2009, Gaetan Guilhon emailed to say that he had filmed juveniles in the same area on 28 May 2011. View his embedded video below.