Just over a year ago I was asked if I’d like to write some species profiles for the website ARKive as part of their ARKive and universities scheme. Well, it’s been a long time coming but my two profiles have finally been published! You can now go read all about Allen’s rainbowfish of northern Papua, a species that was only discovered in 1997. What ARKive doesn’t tell you is that this species has not been seen since its initial discovery and no one knows exactly where it was originally found. Thankfully several type specimens have been preserved as a record, although without a known location its conservation status is not clear.
You can also read about the Southern blue-ringed octopus of Australia, a beautiful animal but also one of the most deadly. At less than 15cm across its bite, containing the venom tetrodotoxin, has been known to kill humans, luckily for us they are not aggressive and generally shy away from people.