Dating Drought Or Purple Patch? Fish Reveal How Males Choose Mates
Sydney, Australia - Oct 12, 2011 22:06 EST
Males decide how much effort they put into courtship and which females to court based on how many others they have recently encountered and how attractive they were, according to a new study into the mating tactics of tropical fish.
Lungfish Provides Insight To Life On Land; 'Humans Are Just Modified Fish'
Melbourne, Victoria - Oct 4, 2011 19:32 EST
A study into the muscle development of several different fish has given insights into the genetic leap that set the scene for the evolution of hind legs in terrestrial animals. This innovation gave rise to the tetrapods—four-legged creatures, and our...
Researchers: Dolphin 'Conching' May Be Spreading To Others 'Before Our Very Eyes'
Perth, Australia - Aug 25, 2011 00:11 EST
Researchers from Murdoch University believe a recently documented method of fishing may be spreading throughout a population of dolphins.
Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) in Shark Bay were photographed engaging in 'conching' in 2007 and 2009.
The dolphins would trap small fish...
Not Helpful: Indian Ocean Pirates Impede Climate Observations
Victoria, Australia - Jul 15, 2011 18:47 EST
Australian scientists have sought the help of the United States and Australian navies to plug a critical gap in their Argo ocean and climate monitoring program caused by Somali pirates operating in the western Indian Ocean.
"We have not been able...
Researcher: Male Desert Goby Fish 'Put Courtship Before Childcare'
Melbourne, Victoria - Jun 10, 2011 16:35 EST
After studying male desert goby fish, a team of Monash researchers has suggested that male sexual behavior is primed to produce the greatest number of offspring.
In the underwater world of desert goby fish, it is the males whose work is...
Scientists: Ocean Gliders Uncover Underwater 'Rivers' Off Perth
Perth, Australia - Jun 6, 2011 18:26 EST
Oceanographers at The University of Western Australia have discovered the first underwater 'rivers' to be identified in a sub-tropical region flowing along the ocean bed off Perth's coastline.
The finding published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters reveals 'rivers' or...
New Reefs Found In The Great Barrier Reef 'Twilight' Zone
Townsville, Queensland - May 19, 2011 20:28 EST
An international research team led by researchers from James Cook University using a high-tech underwater robot have discovered diverse coral reef communities living in the unexplored deep waters along the Great Barrier Reef shelf-edge.
Tom Bridge, a PhD Candidate in JCU's...