Fish reveal valuable inside information

Dr Timo Moritz, head of the science department at the German Oceanographic Museum in Stralsund, can now look closer at the anatomy of a monkfish thanks to a technique that gives a unique view of its insides.

The picture, which is part of an exhibition at the museum titled "InsightFish", was created by a method which makes the animal's skin, muscles and internal organs appear transparent, while its cartilage is seen in blue and its bones in red.

Such images have allowed researchers to study the skeletal system of different types of fish, and through that glean more information about how they are related to each other.

Dr Moritz said that these insights into fish anatomy will help scientists better understand the evolution of these animals.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 09, 2018, with the headline 'Fish reveal valuable inside information'. Subscribe