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New Species Of Sea Bass Identified Based On Larval, Adult Specimen
2014-05-14 13:14:48

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Thanks to a lot of hard work and a little luck – two scientists from the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution have identified a mysterious larval fish and the same fish in its adult stage as a new species of sea bass. Most fish that live in the ocean have a pelagic larval stage that floats inside the surface or near-surface currents, an ecosystem very distinct from the one they occupy as adults. Two...

Dive Guides Monitoring Sharks On Coral Reef At Similar Level To Telemetry
2014-04-25 03:27:50

PLOS Shark data collected by citizen scientists may be as reliable as data collected using automated tools, according to results published April 23, 2014, in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Gabriel Vianna from The University of Western Australia and colleagues. Shark populations are declining globally, and scientists lack data to estimate the conservation status of populations for many shark species. Citizen science may be a useful and cost-effective means to increase knowledge of...

The Evolution Of Jaws Based On A 325M-Year-Old Shark-Like Fossil
2014-04-17 07:20:53

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Despite having retained their basic "sharkiness" for millions of years, modern sharks have less to tell us about the early evolution of jawed vertebrates—including humans—than was previously thought. A new study led by the American Museum of Natural History, based on the skull of a newly discovered 325-million-year-old shark-like species, reveals that modern sharks are quite evolutionarily advanced when compared to early...

Fish Living In Acidic Ocean Waters Less Able To Smell Predators
2014-04-14 14:14:56

[ Watch The Video: Fish From Acidic Ocean Waters Less Able To Smell Predators ] By Brett Israel, Georgia Institute of Technology Oddly behaving fish from a CO2 seep confirm laboratory experiments Fish living on coral reefs where carbon dioxide seeps from the ocean floor were less able to detect predator odor than fish from normal coral reefs, according to a new study. The study confirms laboratory experiments showing that the behavior of reef fish can be seriously affected...

New Weakly Electric Fish Species Reflects Hope For Peace In Central Africa
2014-04-11 14:05:39

Pensoft Publishers Two new species of weakly electric fishes from the Congo River basin are described in the open access journal ZooKeys. One of them, known from only a single specimen, is named "Petrocephalus boboto." "Boboto" is the word for peace in the Lingala language, the lingua franca of the Congo River, reflecting the authors' hope for peace in troubled Central Africa. On a 2010 field trip to the Congo River of Democratic Republic of the Congo, in the riverside village of...

A Collage Of Senses Help Sharks Hunt For Food: Study
2014-04-07 11:22:28

[ Watch the Video: Sharks Sense Prey In Surprising Way ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Sharks are highly-evolved killing machines and a new study published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE has compiled a comprehensive picture of how these marine predators hunt – from start to finish. The study portrays the collage of senses used by sharks to detect, track and strike their prey with ruthless efficiency. The research team – from the University of South...

Promiscuous Female Fruit Flies Prevent Male Extinction
2014-04-02 17:14:08

University of Liverpool Female fruit flies with a large number of sexual partners are playing an invaluable role in preventing the extinction of males, research at the University of Liverpool has shown. Scientists have found that flies in the northern parts of the United States are more inclined to have multiple partners in order to reduce the occurrence of an X chromosome which causes the production of only female offspring. This selfish genetic element (SGE) tries to replicate...

2014-03-22 23:04:32

Florida Pond Management of Orlando Florida developed a method of using mosquito fish as well as common aquarium fish like: guppies, swordtails, mollies and white cloud mountain minnows, to control mosquitoes in backyard and community ponds and released the methods at the Global Pet Expo this week. Orlando, Florida (PRWEB) March 22, 2014 Florida Pond Management and Aquarium Fish Advisor were key players in the recent Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Florida. The topic under discussion at the...

Adipose Fins Evolve Repeatedly In Teleost Fishes
2014-03-05 10:33:13

University of Chicago Though present in more than 6,000 living species of fish, the adipose fin, a small appendage that lies between the dorsal fin and tail, has no clear function and is thought to be vestigial. However, a new study analyzing their origins finds that these fins arose repeatedly and independently in multiple species. In addition, adipose fins appear to have repeatedly and independently evolved a skeleton, offering a glimpse into how new tissue types and structural...

Shark's Eye View Of The Ocean
2014-03-01 05:42:24

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of Hawaii and the University of Tokyo are gaining novel insights into how one of the most feared and least understood ocean predators swims, eats and lives — all courtesy of instruments strapped onto and ingested by sharks. The sharks were outfitted with sophisticated sensors and video recorders to measure and see where they are going, how they are getting there, and what they do once they reach...


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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