The continuing demise of Australia’s threatened species #marineexplorer by John Turnbull
Whilst Australia has a process for listing threatened species, there is no longer a requirement for threatened species to have a recovery plan, nor is the government required to act on plans if they do exist. Even when a plan is written, we don’t monitor whether it is implemented. www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/mar/20/no-clue-envir…
Assuming that you mean Ipnopidae as opposed to Triacanthidae here, tripod fish aren’t too bad. Sure they stand on the sea floor, but they don’t really do anything else with them. If they were to start going full War of the Worlds on us and start striding around the abyss, then they’d probably rank higher.
Compare their tripod structures to fish like gurnards which use rays on their pectoral fins to walk around like fish-insects:
Modern fish make up a huge part of Earth’s ecosystems, and cover a lot of niches. Predators, omnivores and herbivores are all found in this diverse group. Millions of years of adaptation has sculpted their bodies into the various forms and shapes we see today.
Looking beneath the surface of a fish’s skin can reveal a lot about the ecology of fish – the most diverse group of vertebrates on Earth. Use our image sliders to see under their scales.
The E/V Nautilus team are in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument seeking out new discoveries in biology, geology, and archaeology. They came across this Gulper Eel (Eurypharynx pelecanoides) showing off for the camera!
“Its pouch-like mouth can inflate in an instant, scooping up much larger prey just like a pelican–and giving it that muppet-like look! This gulper eel was likely a juvenile, as this species can grow up to three feet in length.”