Triggerfish skeleton. Coloured X-ray of a triggerfish (family Balistidae). Its name originates from its ability to erect the first two dorsal spines (upper left), which can then lock or unlock, preventing the fish from being swallowed by predators or being pulled out of its nest. The fish's head extends into a snout with strong jaws containing eight teeth on the lower jaw and six on the upper jaw. Triggerfish are found in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Indo-Pacific. They grow to between 30-75 centimetres.
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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