Animal of the Month
What's so special about it?There are only five Bristlyskin (Hispidoberyx ambagiosus) specimens in existence. Everything we know about this species comes from examining these individuals. Scientists have been able to determine which category of fish it belongs to (the Stephanoberyciformes), its diet (shrimp) and its preferred depth (about a kilometre below the surface of the ocean).
Where can I see one?The Australian Museum has one of the afore-mentioned specimens in its collection (pictured). Bristlyskins have only ever been seen in the wild as accidental catches in deep-sea fishing nets off Sumatra, Java and the South China Sea.
Is there anything similar near Brisbane?
Both images © Mark McGrouther at the Australian Museum