lanceolatus map Fairy Wrasses: The lanceolatus group The members of the lanceolatus group are some of the largest and showiest fairy wrasses, collectively celebrated for their grandiose caudal fin and chromatic brilliance. The group spans most of the Indo-Pacific, with its various species occupying a series of non-overlapping biogeographic ranges which fit together like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. This puzzle
A. firmamentum, showing typical schooling behavior. Credit: Paul Caigen Rare species of Arothron pufferfishes
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Mocha Frostbite Clownfish are one of the Newest Designer Hybrids

ClowfishDepot.com has started offering one of the latest permutations of designer hybrid clownfishes, the Mocha Frostbite. It didn’t take rocket science to create this new variation. At its core, the Mocha hybrid has been around for over a decade, being the hybrid of the typical orange Amphiprion ocellaris, mated to the Black and White “Darwin” form Read More

A selection of Echinophyllia chalice corals from the Solomon Islands

As far as the hobby is concerned, nearly all of the stupid-awesome colored chalice corals are basically only found in Indonesia. Australia throws out some winners here and there but by and large, Indo is where it’s at when it comes to all the fancy Echinophyllia chalice corals with all the silly names. This is why Read More

H&H’s Kraken pump is yet another new entry to the DC pump market

The H&H Kraken DC pump is a newcomer to the aquarium entry but being late to the party doesn’t mean it’s not in the game. There’s practically a dizzying array of aquarium water pumps being offered up with DC motors, and they all look SO similar, it’s hard to tell whether you are getting something new, Read More

Fairy Wrasses: The lunatus group

Cirrhilabrus johnsoni was first described in 1988 based on specimens collected in the Marshall and Caroline islands. This small species served as the twentieth member of a rapidly expanding genus, and was decidedly different with a crescent shaped caudal fin adorned with long filamentous extensions. It was only three years later that another species of Read More

Cyphastrea kausti, a new stony coral species from the Red Sea

Cyphastrea kausti is a newly described species from the Red Sea, present in the central and northern parts but seemingly absent from the south end of the Red Sea. The new species C. kausti is readily distinguished from all other species of Cyphastrea by having eight primary septa, instead of six, ten or twelve that you would expect Read More

Heart Cockle: living Giant clam ancestor observed in the wild

Corculum cardissa, better known as the heart cockle, doesn’t seem like it would have anything in common with our beloved giant clams. Except, maybe for the fact that it’s a bivalve. It may not be a direct ancestor, but the heart cockle is probably the closely living relative of giant clams in the Tridacna and Hippopus clams than any Read More

BYO Guides releases new Reef Finder underwater identification tool

Reef Finder is a new underwater identification tool that can help you identify everything that isn’t a coral. The Coral Finder is one of the best and most comprehensive guides to learning all the different corals, and now BYO Guides has a new version called Reef Finder which will help with everything else on the Read More

Chrysiptera caesifrons, a new damselfish from the Western Pacific

Chrysiptera caesifrons is the first new reef fish species of the week, and growing our favorite genus of damselfish but yet one more fish. Hailing from the Western Pacific Ocean, the new C. caesifrons is found in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia and Northern Australia and it begins to be replaced with two Read More

Neon green Psammocora discovered living as a rollolith in Australia

A couple of neon green Psammocora have just been discovered to be living unattached, as free living coral colonies known as ‘rolloliths’. Psammocora is just the latest stony coral genus to be documented living as a rollolith, a growth form in which a colonial stony coral is completely covered in tissue, with no point of attachment Read More

Peanut Worms in the Reef Aquarium

A well-stocked reef aquarium can be a diverse place, full of invertebrate surprises. But identifying the fauna traipsing about on live rock can be a challenge for the average aquarist and few creatures are quite so confusing as the Peanut Worm. In spite of its generic vermiformity (worm shape), this magnificent beast serves an important role Read More

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