The spawning behaviour of Spotted Handfish in the Derwent Estuary

Supervisor team may include:

Dr Neville Barrett

This project examines the extent that handfish utilise artificial vs natural spawning substrates, and the success of egg development through to hatching on each. A handfish guard eggs over this period, both eggs and adult fish are particularly vulnerable over this stage. Using gopros and visual observations, behavioural interactions will be described, and recruitment success determined.

Suitable for July start date.

Contact Dr Neville Barrett ( for more details.

Authorised by the Executive Director, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
October 7, 2019