Happy Chappie (Haploblepharus kistnasamyi)
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Happy Chappie (Haploblepharus kistnasamyi)

Previously considered a “Natal” form of Haploblepharus edwardsii (Schinz, 1822) by Basset al. (1975) and subsequent authors, H. kistnasamyi has a colour pattern that superficially resembles, although is distinct from, that of H. edwardsii. In addition, H. kistnasamyi is distinct in having a noticeably less depressed body, which is stockier than that of H. edwardsii. This species has only been described recently (Compagno and Human 2006, Human 2006 in press). Continue reading

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Plain Happy (Haploblepharus fuscus)
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Plain Happy (Haploblepharus fuscus)

Haploblepharus fuscus prefers inshore rocky reef habitats. All specimens examined by Human (2003, 2007) were collected very close to shore (rock and surf angling), with no records of specimens being caught by offshore fishing activitie Continue reading

Etmopterus sculptus (Sculpted Lanternshark)
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Etmopterus sculptus (Sculpted Lanternshark)

The Sculpted Lanternshark, which is a relatively new species described for the first time in 2011. Researchers found it to be viviparous (live-bearing), but little else is know about its biology. Most Etmopteridae (Lanternsharks) live in very deep, very dark environments without exposure to sunlight or seasonal changes. Although we don’t know anything about their … Continue reading