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A new study by researchers at the University of Cambridge has shown that the dottyback, a small predatory reef fish, can change the colour of its body to imitate a variety of other reef fish species, allowing the dottyback to sneak up undetected and eat their young. Its Latin name, Pseudochromis, means false damselfish - giving clue to its mimicry abilities.

Dottyback reef fish is a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”

A new study by researchers at the University of Cambridge has shown that the dusky dottyback, a small predatory reef fish, can change the...

Killer Whales Die without Chinook Salmon

When you mention killer whales, the image of one ambushing a terrified seal often springs to mind. But there are populations of killer...
Conger Eel

Conger Eel is the Creature of the Month

The massive Conger Eel grows to almost 3 m (10 ft) long, the females often being bigger than the males. At night they hunt fish and crustaceans like crabs and lobsters. In spite of this divers often see crustaceans sharing a hole with a conger. Congers breed only once in their lives, at between 5 and 15 years of age. They migrate to deep water to spawn – some sources say as deep as 4000 m.
Lionfish

The Beautiful but Deadly Lionfish is the Creature of the Month

Lionfish, genus Pterois, is very popular amongst those with aquariums, and this trade may have led to them being described as amongst some of...
robotics, seahorse

Seahorse Armour Gives Insight Into Robotic Designs

The tail of a seahorse can be compressed to about half its size before permanent damage occurs, engineers at the University of California, San...

Is mislabelling good for fish?

With seafood, what you see is not always what you get. It’s no secret that mislabelling is rampant around the world. But new research says that whilst you may be being overcharged for imposter fish, mislabelling is actually good for global fish populations

Motorboat noise halves reef fish survival rate

Noise from passing motorboats increases stress levels in young coral reef fish and reduces their ability to flee from predators - causing more than twice as many to be killed.
Manta Ray

Mantas and Tuna on Red List of Endangered Species

The latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species reveals two species of Manta Ray are vulnerable, and the situation is particularly serious for tunas. Among the marine species classified as critically endangered – the most serious risk category – are staghorn and elkhorn coral, the hawksbill turtle and the Mediterranean Monk Seal. The marine realm though is very poorly covered in the IUCN Red List, comprising less than 5% of the species included.
Seahorse app

App Helps Seahorse Research

Marine conservationists have launched a smartphone app in the hope of discovering new information about some of the ocean’s most mysterious and threatened animals...

Scientists call for end to Deep Sea Fishing

Tax payers subsidise deep sea fishing which is causing profound, lasting damage to fishes and life on the seafloor. Many deep-sea fish populaters around the world are collapsing, including sharks.