Sun, Aug 08

I have a column in FiNS diving magazine starting this issue (Jan/Feb 7.1).  It is called 'Really Richard?' and helps you to identify commonly mistaken reef species.  This month explains how to distinguish stone...

Thu, Jul 15

One of my pet peeves is the misidentification of members of the scoprionfish genus Rhinopias (family Scorpaenidae). There are 3 members of this genus that are commonly seen by divers in South East Asia - Rhinopias aphanes, Rhinopias eschmeyeri and R...

Fri, Jun 18

I have recently returned from a trip aboard the Mike Ball boat Spoil Sport to the Coral Sea. The Coral Sea is located off the east coast of Australia off shore from the Great Barrier Reef's ribbon reefs. The itinerary included the famous Cod Hole, where huge and very friendly potato cod were...

Sat, Mar 20

I have an article about nudibranchs in the current issue of Asian Diver Magazine, which is on news stands throughout Asian now, and will be hitting Australia in the next couple of weeks. Nudibranchs are an amazing group of marine molluscs, ok that's a fancy way of saying slugs. They have much...

Sat, Feb 13

Pygmy Species Explosion The new issue of Sport Diving has just been published and contains my article Pygmy Species Explosion.

It explains some of the work that is part of my PhD, focusing on the ecology of pygmy seahorses, as well as quick run down of the species that have recently been...

Thu, Feb 11

Whilst on a night dive aboard the Paradise Dancer in the Raja Ampat region of Indonesia recently I came across this unusual velvetfish. I consulted Dr Gerry Allen, the world renowned fish expert, who confirmed that he had never seen a fish like it and...

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