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Harlequin Rasbora
2007-04-13 19:36:10

The Harlequin Rasbora is a small fish belonging to the Family Cyprinidae, subfamily Rasborinae, which was originally given the scientific name of Rasbora heteromorpha. The specific name heteromorpha, translating from the Greek as "differently shaped", alludes to the fact that the body shape of this species differs from that of other members of the genus Rasbora. As a consequence of this and...

Bubble Eye goldfish
2007-04-10 13:57:45

The Bubble Eye is a variety of goldfish, characterized by the fluid-filled sacs it has underneath both eyes. It is a "fancy" variety, its unusual shape the result of many years of selective breeding. The Bubble Eye lacks a dorsal fin, and has a double tail. It occurs in a number of colors, including gold, red, black, white, red-and-white, and calico. Its eyesacs typically start small, and...

Basking shark
2007-03-19 15:01:39

The Basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus, is the second largest fish after the whale shark. The basking shark is a cosmopolitan species - it is found in all the world's temperate oceans. It is a slow moving and generally harmless filter feeder. Like other large sharks, basking sharks are at risk of extinction due to a combination of low resilience and overfishing through increasing demands for...

Flabby whalefish
2007-03-19 14:54:47

Flabby whalefish are small, deep-sea cetomimiform fish of the family Cetomimidae. They are among the most deep-living fish known, with some species recorded at depths in excess of 2.17 mi (3.5 km). Within the family are nine genera and 20 species. Thought to have a circumglobal distribution throughout the Southern Hemisphere, Flabby whalefish are the most diverse family of whalefish. The...

Pilot fish
2007-03-12 21:19:07

The Pilot fish (Naucrates ductor) is a carnivorous fish that is a horse mackerel and belongs to the Carangidae family of fishes. It is widely distributed and lives in warm or tropical open seas. The Pilot fish is known for following large vessels and sharks, where it feeds on parasites and leftovers. Its relationship with sharks has been described as nearly symbiotic: it is extremely rare...

Fleshfish
2007-02-25 21:25:47

The Fleshfish, Dermatopsis macrodon, is a cusk eel of the genus Dermatopsis, found in southern Australia and around New Zealand at shallow depths, in rock pools and reef areas of broken rock. Their length is between 2.76 and 3.94 in (7 and 10 cm). The Fleshfish is a small cod-like fish with long dorsal and anal fins and a small separate tail fin. Large pectoral fins contrast with single-ray...

Hairlip brotula
2007-02-25 21:24:20

The Hairlip brotula, Cataetyx messieri, is a brotula of the genus Cataetyx, found around South America from Argentina to Chile at depths of between 656.17 and 4921.26 ft (200 and 1500 m). Their length is between 23.62 and 27.56 in (60 and 70 cm). The Hairlip brotula is a cod-like fish, very similar to the Pink cusk eel, but with an even more pointed tail consisting of the fused dorsal and...

Grey brotula
2007-02-25 21:22:49

The Grey brotula or Orange cusk eel, Bidenichthys consobrinus, is a cusk eel of the genus Bidenichthys, found around northern New Zealand from shallow depths to about 82.02 ft (25 m), in rock pools and reef areas of broken rock. Their length is between 1.57 and 2.36 in (4 and 6 cm). The Grey brotula is a small cod-like fish, very similar to the Fleshfish, with long dorsal and anal fins and a...

Thornfish
2007-02-25 21:11:46

Bovichtus variegatus is a Thornfish of the family Bovichtidae, found around New Zealand from the Wellington area southwards to New Zealand's sub-antarctic islands, in rock pools and on shallow rocky reefs. Their length is between 5.91 and 9.84 in(15 and 25 cm). The Thornfish is a small scaleless fish of round cross-section, with a wide flattened head, large upward-looking eyes, and large...

Combtooth blenny
2007-02-25 21:04:29

Combtooth blennies are blennioids; perciform marine fish of the family Blenniidae. They are the largest family of blennies, with approximately 371 species in 53 genera represented. Combtooth blennies are found in tropical and subtropical waters in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans; some species are also found in brackish and even freshwater environments. Physical description The...

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