Category Archives: Livestock

Asian Hillstream loaches can walk on all four limbs on land

A recent study has found that some Asian Hillstream loaches have the ability to walk on their fins. There are several well-known “walking fish” including the aptly named Walking Catfish and Climbing Perch, although those species use much more of a swimming motion when crossing land, only gaining grip with their pectoral fins in the […]

Eviota amphipora is a new species of dwarf goby from Papua New Guinea

Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea is proving to be quite the marine biodiversity hotspot as another species of goby has been found and described from there. Named Eviota amphipora, this fish is absolutely tiny with the type specimen measuring just 9.8mm/ 0.39”

Betta nuluhon is a new species of Fighting fish from Borneo

A new freshwater fish species has been described in the scientific journal Zootaxa. Found in Sabah state it is now one of five endemic Betta species, and one of 700 known fish species on the island of Borneo, half of which occur nowhere else on earth. Its name “nuluhon” means hill in the Dusun language […]

International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest 2020 results announced

The Oscars of the Aquascaping world happened yesterday, albeit digitally because the Nature Aquarium Party that should have been was canceled due to Covid-19.

New species of stingray described from the tropical South-Western Atlantic

We asked ichthyologist Flavia F Petean Ph.D. about Hypanus berthalutzae, and the women’s rights campaigner it’s named after. Was the species previously known or mistaken as something else (another already described species,) before you described it? It used to be the widely distributed species Hypanus americanus, which was thought to occur from New Jersey (USA) […]

The Dr. Seuss is one seriously cool soapfish

Another Dr. Seuss has been spotted on the Facebook page of Filipino marine exporter RVS Fishworld Inc. One of the rarest and most sought after marine imports in the world this alluring deepwater species is known for its odd looks, Dr. Seuss moniker, and $6000 price tag. Full-grown at just 6.2cm/2 ½” that’s $1000 per […]

Video: Watch how Parrotfish protect coral reefs

If there’s one cool thing to know about reef life, it’s how everything has its niche and everything is interconnected. Pristine coral reefs are perfectly balanced ecosystems where every organism contributes and every action is counterbalanced by a reaction. Remove one part of that three dimensional jigsaw and the reef goes out of balance, favouring […]

We discovered a new species, but war means it may now remain hidden forever

Alec Moore, Bangor University The world has a new species. My colleagues and I were hugely excited to announce it but, alas, this stingray – a distant cousin of sharks – can’t be claimed to be a particularly spectacular or awe-inspiring animal. It’s small – about the size of an outstretched hand – and, as […]

Tiny new shrimp goby species found in Papua New Guinea

A new species of shrimp goby just an inch long has been discovered and described from Papua New Guinea. Named Vanderhorstia vandersteene, it’s named in honor of two underwater photographers, Rob Vanderloos and Roger Steene, and the species was described by Gerald Allen, Mark Erdmann, and William Brooks.  The goby comes from the East Cape […]

Whale sharks have armor on their eyes

A research article in the scientific journal PLOS ONE found that Whale sharks have jagged, teeth-like scales on their eyes for extra protection when cruising through the oceans. Known as dermal denticles, Sharks have them all over their bodies to reduce drag (instead of normal fish scales,) but this was the first time that an […]