‘Twilight zone’ fish swim silently with forked tails

Jan. 20, 2016 by

An international team of researchers has identified a way to predict which reef fish can live across a greater range of depths, increasing their chances of surviving natural disasters such as cyclones and coral bleaching. Study lead author, Dr Tom

Large orb-webs adapted to maximise total biomass not rare, large prey

Nov. 6, 2015 by

Spider orb-webs are the ultimate anti-ballistic devices, capable of dissipating the relatively massive kinetic energy of flying prey. Increased web size and prey stopping capacity have co-evolved in a number orb-web taxa, but the selective forces driving web size and

Robotic torpedoes help map our corals

May. 25, 2015 by

Robotic torpedoes help map our corals on Great Barrier Reef [link]

The life of fishes at the world’s smallest and isolated tropical island

Mar. 18, 2015 by

Reef fish communities have been intensely studied on large reef systems in the Caribbean Sea and Western Pacific regions, whereas communities on small and remote oceanic islands are still poorly understood. Logistical constraints imposed by remoteness limit fieldwork time and increase

Food quality and reef fish diversification

Jul. 18, 2014 by

The big disparities in species richness among evolutionary lineages have been fascinating and challenging scientists since Darwin’s time. Although geographical factors have been traditionally thought to promote speciation, the importance of ecological interactions as one of the drivers of diversification

Coral larvae time-lapse, like worms

May. 15, 2014 by

Like worms. Time-lapse footage from Tom Hata’s [link] larval settlement work at Lizard Island last coral spawning (November 2013).

Means conceal the focus of climate change biology

Feb. 13, 2013 by

Biologists have all read papers or sat through seminars about the biological consequences of climate change and seen a figure like the one here (without the dots). A traditional variance-style test and standard error bars show that a climate change