Fishes goes to Guatemala - Follow us in the field!

Next week our staff in Fishes at The Field Museum will be leaving the cold, snowy days of Chicago to study neotropical fishes in the Central American country of Guatemala!  The Field Museum has always been an important institution for studying the biodiversity of fishes in the tropical rainforests of Mexico, Central America, and South America.  On this expedition our Fishes staff will continue to build on our fish collections from the region so that we can answer even more questions.

What the Fish? Episode 26: Fin

We here at "What the Fish?" have had a great time discussing all of our favorite fishy things in life, and we hope you have enjoyed the content we put together. We are ending "What the Fish?" on its 26th episode because that marks one year's worth of shows, and it coincides with Beth, Leo, and Matt leaving The Field Museum for other fishy adventures.

What the Fish? Episode 25: Finding Out Dory Is Venomous

Venomous animals are captivating because of the fears their toxins provoke and the potential pharmaceutical benefits their venoms contain. Most people conjure up snakes or scorpions when they think of venomous creatures, but recent scientific work has demonstrated that there are at least 15x as many species of venomous fishes than previously estimated, including the Blue Tang (Paracanthurus hepatus) that Ellen DeGeneres made famous in Finding Nemo. In fact, Dory is just one of more than 3,000 species of venomous fishes, making them more species-rich than venomous snakes and scorpions combined. Although our knowledge of venomous fishes is in its infancy, it is clear that their venoms should be regarded as a tremendous new source of pharmaceuticals because of the incredible diversity of fish venoms and their moderate levels of toxicity.  

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