Ichthyology, eDNA and barcoding

Ichthyology, eDNA and barcoding

Joseph DiBattista is a Research Fellow in the TrEnD Lab at Curtin University. Via a joint appointment, he is also Curator of the Ichthyology Collection at the Australian Museum (AM) and an AMRI researcher, based in Sydney. The AM’s Collection holds about 1.8 million...
Stylasterid corals

Stylasterid corals

Stylasteridae (“lace corals”) are a family of hydroids, closely related to stony corals in the phylum Cnidaria.  They and one other hydroid family, Milleporidae (“fire corals” ) have a hard, calcareous skeleton.  Globally, some 330 stylasterid species have been...
In praise of taxonomy

In praise of taxonomy

In biology, taxonomy is the science of describing, identifying, naming and classifying organisms. Without taxonomy, scientific communication about the living world would be almost meaningless, because there are millions of species and no other practical way of...
Curious cuttlefish

Curious cuttlefish

Cuttlefish are found throughout the world’s oceans. The most common around Lizard Island are Broadclub Cuttlefish Sepia latimanus. These cephalopods are one of the most intelligent invertebrates, grasping new concepts quickly, especially when adapting to...
Glorious worms: 91 new polychaete species

Glorious worms: 91 new polychaete species

Polychaetes are an important component of marine ecosystems around the world.  More than 10,000 species have been described.  Some are breathtakingly beautiful in form and colour, while others are rather plain.  Polychaete is Greek for “many bristles”.  They are also...
Citizen Science and the Purple Flying Gurnard

Citizen Science and the Purple Flying Gurnard

Science teacher Edward Sze-Tu visited the Lizard Island Research Station with a group of school students, where he made an exciting discovery.  This is his story: We were learning about classifications.  I thought it would be a great opportunity for the students to...