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Katy Perry sharks
2015-02-03 11:33:12

Katy Perry's sharks showed us the true meaning of happiness--but could they have actually danced with the pop star at some point in evolutionary history?

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2015-01-24 10:46:08

Whale sharks, the biggest fish in the ocean, now are protected by NOAA and, if netted, must be released unharmed.

2015-01-16 23:06:03

It sounds shocking, but the Tennessee Aquarium's Electric Eel uses his unique abilities to trigger his own Tweets.

Dapedium
2015-01-15 12:02:54

A distinctive 200-million-year-old fish used a combination of jutting front teeth and pebble-shaped rear teeth to feed on bivalves and other hard-shelled creatures it could find from the sea floor, according to new research from the University of Bristol.

rainbow trout
2015-01-13 11:21:29

In dark or murky waters, fish are still able to navigate their environment thanks to a network of body sensors that detect changes in the water flow around them.

two-faced fish
2015-01-13 08:41:04

A two-faced fish more than 400 million years old is likely the last common ancestor of all jawed vertebrates--including us--and provides additional evidence that sharks are not primitive creatures, as had long been assumed.

spotted gar
2014-12-23 10:21:20

While the fossil record has found that wrists and fingers have an aquatic origin, previous attempts to link fingers and fins have proven unsuccessful. Now, though, a team led by University of Chicago researchers has discovered the reason why: scientists were studying the wrong fish.

Greenland shark
2014-12-19 10:52:31

A National Geographic researcher is startled to see a Greenland shark where none has ever been seen before: off Russia's Franz Josef Land. An underwater camera captured images of the shark, a species scientists know very little about.

2014-12-07 23:01:08

The cosmetic & personal care industry is growing at a high rate, while the food supplement industry is witnessing a steady growth.

Electric eel
2014-12-05 07:03:52

A new study from Vanderbilt University shows that the electric eel’s electroshock system bears a remarkable resemblance to a Taser.


Latest Ichthyology Reference Libraries

Prowfish
2014-05-30 12:05:29

The prowfish (Zaprora silenus) is a subtropical species of a perch-like fish found in the northern Pacific Ocean. The range of the prowfish is from the Aleutian Islands, Alaska to Kamchatka, Russia, from Navarin Canyon in the Bering Sea to Hokkaido, Japan and Monterey, California. The preferred habitat of the prowish is rocky bottom at a maximum of 2,200 feet in depth where they spend most of their adult life. Prowfish can grow to a length of 40 inches or more having an elongated body that...

Bluefish, Pomatomus saltatrix
2013-10-22 10:54:52

The Bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix) is the only living species of the family Pomatomidae. It is a marine pelagic fish that can be found around the world in temperate and subtropical waters, except for the northern Pacific Ocean. Bluefish are known as tailor in Australia, shad on the east coast of South Africa, and elf on the west coast. Other common names regarding this fish are blue, chopper, and anchoa. It is a good eating and game fish. The bluefish is moderately proportioned with a...

Ichthyology
2013-10-02 13:31:45

Ichthyology is the study of fish that focuses on many types of fish including cartilaginous fish, jawless fish, and skeletal fish. This branch of zoology can be associated with marine biology and fisheries science, as well as other areas of study. Ichthyologists, those who practice ichthyology, have discovered more than 32,200 species of fish, and it is thought that they discover 250 new species each year. Humans first began to study fish during the Upper Paleolithic Revolution, when humans...

Little tunny, Euthynnus alletteratus
2013-03-28 14:07:39

The little tunny is found widespread in temperate and tropical waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea. It is the most common tuna and is highly migratory, with a range from Cape Cod, Massachusetts to Brazil in the Western Atlantic. In the Eastern Atlantic it is found from Skagerrak to South Africa. The little tunny will form schools close to the shoreline, around inlets, and sandbars that can cover up to two miles. This fish prefers warm water and will migrate south in...

African Sharptooth Catfish, Clarias gariepinus
2013-02-09 08:30:28

Image Credit: WA Djatmiko/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0, 2.5, 2.0 and 1.0) The African sharptooth catfish is native throughout Africa, and the Middle East, and in the 1980’s it was introduced all over the world. This catfish lives on muddy bottoms in freshwater lakes, rivers, swamps, man-made habitats, and occasionally found in urban sewage systems. This species is able to crawl across dry ground to another body of water when one pool dries up. It is also able to survive for long periods of...

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