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Osteichthyes Collection

Osteichthyes, also known as bony fish, encompass a diverse group of aquatic creatures

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Yellow and blueback fusilier (Caesio teres) shoal, Similan Islands, Andaman Sea, Thailand

Yellow and blueback fusilier (Caesio teres) shoal, Similan Islands, Andaman Sea, Thailand

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Healthy coral reef landscape, Carl's Ultimate dive site in the Eastern Fields of Papua New Guinea

Healthy coral reef landscape, Carl's Ultimate dive site in the Eastern Fields of Papua New Guinea

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Carp (Cyprinus carpio) Aare River, Switzerland 2006

Carp (Cyprinus carpio) Aare River, Switzerland 2006

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: RF - Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) swimming over a coral reef

RF - Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) swimming over a coral reef. Whilst a Predatory bandcheek wrasse (Oxycheilinus digrammus)

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Killer Whales / Orcas (Orcinus orca)

Killer Whales / Orcas (Orcinus orca)
Killer whales / Orcas (Orcinus orca) large pod including calf traveling together while foraging on large schools of Herring (Clupea harengus) in the cold waters of northern Norway, January

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Leafy seadragon (Phycodurus eques) male carrying eggs, swims over seagrass meadow

Leafy seadragon (Phycodurus eques) male carrying eggs, swims over seagrass meadow. Wool Bay, Edithburgh, South Australia. Gulf of St Vincent

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Northern pike (Esox lucius) amongst Shining pondweed (Potamogeton lucens)

Northern pike (Esox lucius) amongst Shining pondweed (Potamogeton lucens). Lake Neuchatel, Switzerland, September. Photographed for The Freshwater Project

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) portrait, Eleuthera, Bahamas. December

Tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) portrait, Eleuthera, Bahamas. December

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Tompot blenny (Parablennius gattorugine) in bright summer mating colours, peering

Tompot blenny (Parablennius gattorugine) in bright summer mating colours, peering out from his home in a discarded tube, where he was guarding his eggs (not visible in this photo), Swanage Pier

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Piraputanga fish (Brycon hilarii) in underwater landscape, Aquario Natural, Rio Baia Bonito

Piraputanga fish (Brycon hilarii) in underwater landscape, Aquario Natural, Rio Baia Bonito, Bonito area, Serra da Bodoquena (Bodoquena Mountain Range), Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Female Anglerfish fanfin seadevil (Caulophryne jordani) - Deep sea species from Atlantic Ocean

Female Anglerfish fanfin seadevil (Caulophryne jordani) - Deep sea species from Atlantic Ocean, found at 700-3000m

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Leopard catfish -Corydoras julii-, freshwater aquarium, native to the Amazon Basin

Leopard catfish -Corydoras julii-, freshwater aquarium, native to the Amazon Basin

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Young European eel (Anguilla anguilla) elvers, or glass eels

Young European eel (Anguilla anguilla) elvers, or glass eels, caught during their annual migration up rivers from the Bristol channel, swimming in a large holding tank at UK Glass Eels

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Dugong (Dugong dugon) male feeding on a seagrass meadow (Halophila stipulacea)

Dugong (Dugong dugon) male feeding on a seagrass meadow (Halophila stipulacea), accompanied by a young Golden trevally (Gnathanodon speciosus). Marsa Nabaa, Marsa Alam, Egypt. Red Sea

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Brown Trout, Salmo trutta, side view

Brown Trout, Salmo trutta, side view

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Longnose Gar (Lepisosteus osseus), long fish with a long horn like mouth

Longnose Gar (Lepisosteus osseus), long fish with a long horn like mouth and golden skin with brown blotches

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: School of Blackfin barracuda (Sphyraena qenie) forming circle in open water off the wall

School of Blackfin barracuda (Sphyraena qenie) forming circle in open water off the wall at Shark Reef, Ras Mohammed Marine Park, Sinai, Egypt. Red Sea

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Weedy seadragon (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus) male carries eggs through a kelp forest

Weedy seadragon (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus) male carries eggs through a kelp forest (Macrocystis pyrifera) in Tasmania, Australia. Tasmania is the only part of Australia with giant kelp forests

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Malacosteus niger, stoplight loosejaw

Malacosteus niger, stoplight loosejaw
Deep sea fish found off Tasmania, Australia. Specimen held in the collections at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Coelacanth, Latimera chalumnae, side view

Coelacanth, Latimera chalumnae, side view

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Inflated spotted porcupinefish (Diodon hystrix), Maui, Hawaii

Inflated spotted porcupinefish (Diodon hystrix), Maui, Hawaii

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus) males showing breeding colours, in a river where

Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus) males showing breeding colours, in a river where they have come to spawn, Ennerdale Valley, Lake District NP, Cumbria, England, UK, November 2011

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Bat fish juvenile {Halicutaea sp} deep sea

Bat fish juvenile {Halicutaea sp} deep sea

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Brown trout (Salmo trutta) leaping for a damselfly. (digitally enhanced)

Brown trout (Salmo trutta) leaping for a damselfly. (digitally enhanced)

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Kaleidoscopic image of Clarks anemonefish (Amphiprion clarkii), Ambon, Indonesia

Kaleidoscopic image of Clarks anemonefish (Amphiprion clarkii), Ambon, Indonesia

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Grayling (Thymallus) migrating to spawning in the Temnik River, Lake Baikal, Baikalsky Reserve

Grayling (Thymallus) migrating to spawning in the Temnik River, Lake Baikal, Baikalsky Reserve, Siberia, Russia. May

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Killer whale (Orcinus orca) pod hunting together in herring baitball (Clupea harengus)

Killer whale (Orcinus orca) pod hunting together in herring baitball (Clupea harengus), Andenes, Andoya island, North Atlantic Ocean, Norway, April

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: A portrait of a male Ballan wrasse (Labrus bergylta), showing his bright mating colours

A portrait of a male Ballan wrasse (Labrus bergylta), showing his bright mating colours. Plymouth, Devon, England, Great Britain. Wreck of the Glen Strathallan, Plymouth Sound, English Channel

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Atlantic halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus) portrait, Saltstraumen, Bod, Norway

Atlantic halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus) portrait, Saltstraumen, Bod, Norway, October 2008

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: A portrait of a Mediterranean parrotfish (Sparisoma cretense) above an algae covered rock

A portrait of a Mediterranean parrotfish (Sparisoma cretense) above an algae covered rock. El Hierro, Canary Islands, Spain. East Atlantic Ocean

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: A male Leafy Seadragon (Phycodurus eques) carrying eggs. Wool Bay, Edithburgh, South Australia

A male Leafy Seadragon (Phycodurus eques) carrying eggs. Wool Bay, Edithburgh, South Australia, Gulf of St Vincent, November

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Hippoglossus stenolepis, pacific halibut, side view

Hippoglossus stenolepis, pacific halibut, side view

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Atlantic Mackerel, Scomber scombrus, side view

Atlantic Mackerel, Scomber scombrus, side view

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Freshwater fishes including Cichlid between water plants and leaves. Cenote Nicte-Ha

Freshwater fishes including Cichlid between water plants and leaves. Cenote Nicte-Ha, near Tulum, Quintana Roo, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Illuminated netdevil (Linophyne arboritera), male anglerfish attached to much larger female

Illuminated netdevil (Linophyne arboritera), male anglerfish attached to much larger female, captive from deep sea

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Portrait of Ballan wrasse (Labrus bergylta), St Abbs (St Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary

Portrait of Ballan wrasse (Labrus bergylta), St Abbs (St Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve), Berwickshire, Scotland, UK, October 2011

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: School of Silversides (Atherinomorus lacunosus) mass below a jetty, creating a false

School of Silversides (Atherinomorus lacunosus) mass below a jetty, creating a false ceiling of fish. Berenice Jetty, Aqaba, Jordan. Gulf of Aqaba, Jordan

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Piraputanga (Brycon hilarii) shoal, Rio Olhio d agua, tributary of Rio da Prata

Piraputanga (Brycon hilarii) shoal, Rio Olhio d agua, tributary of Rio da Prata, Bonito area, Serra da Bodoquena (Bodoquena Mountain Range), Mato Grosso del Sul, Brazil

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Atlantic Sailfish (Istiophorus albicans) attacking school of sardine (Sardinella aurita) bait ball

Atlantic Sailfish (Istiophorus albicans) attacking school of sardine (Sardinella aurita) bait ball. Isla Mujeres, Caribbean Sea, Mexico

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Tompot blenny (Parablennius gattorugine) portrait, Swanage Pier, Swanage, Dorset, UK

Tompot blenny (Parablennius gattorugine) portrait, Swanage Pier, Swanage, Dorset, UK, English Channel, August

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Northern Pike, Esox lucius, pike, side view

Northern Pike, Esox lucius, pike, side view

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Chub Mackerel, Scomber japonicus, side view

Chub Mackerel, Scomber japonicus, side view

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Rainbow Trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss, side view

Rainbow Trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss, side view

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Striped Burrfish on caribbean reef

Striped Burrfish on caribbean reef

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Museum scientists holding Oarfish specimen

Museum scientists holding Oarfish specimen
Regalecus glesne. From left to right: Graham Pellow, Colin McCarthy, Prof. Philip Rainbow, Dr. Roger Lincoln, Ollie Crimmen and Sir Neil Chalmers

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Pomfret illustration

Pomfret illustration
One of 67 original water colour drawings of Mammals, Reptiles and Fish found at King Georges Sound, Western Australia, and in its neighbourhood; accompanied by manuscript notes by Neill, Robert

Background imageOsteichthyes Collection: Pletail unicornfish (Naso brevirostris) juvenile, its horn will continue to grow as it

Pletail unicornfish (Naso brevirostris) juvenile, its horn will continue to grow as it gets older. Fiji Pacific Ocean



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Osteichthyes, also known as bony fish, encompass a diverse group of aquatic creatures. From the majestic Dugong gracefully grazing on seagrass meadows to the awe-inspiring Killer Whales hunting in the vast ocean depths, these species captivate us with their beauty and unique behaviors. A Hawksbill sea turtle glides effortlessly over a vibrant coral reef, its intricate patterns blending harmoniously with the colorful ecosystem below. Meanwhile, a Brown Trout showcases its sleek side view as it navigates through clear freshwater streams, epitomizing elegance in motion. In Switzerland's Aare River, Carp swim gracefully against the current, showcasing their resilience and adaptability. The Tarpon mesmerizes us with its portrait-like presence in Eleuthera's crystal-clear waters of the Bahamas. The Piraputanga fish creates an enchanting underwater landscape at Rio Baia Bonito's Aquario Natural. Its vibrant colors and graceful movements add life to this aquatic paradise. In contrast, the Leopard catfish from Amazon Basin's freshwater aquarium displays its distinctive spots while exploring its habitat. The elvers or glass eels of Young European eel symbolize new beginnings as they embark on their extraordinary migratory journey across oceans. Weedy seadragons amaze us by carrying eggs through kelp forests like devoted fathers protecting their precious offspring. Deep within the dark abyss lies Malacosteus niger - a stoplight loosejaw illuminating its surroundings with bioluminescent wonders that defy imagination. And who could forget about Oarfish? This long ribbon-like creature possesses an ethereal beauty with silvery scales and a striking red dorsal fin running along its entire body. Osteichthyes remind us of nature's boundless creativity and diversity beneath our planet's surface.