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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“Diversity and Evolution of Coral Reef Fishes” lecture tomorrow at California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco is presenting “Diversity and Evolution of Coral Reef Fishes,” a lecture by Dr. Luiz Rocha, as part of the Pritzker Lecture series. Rocha is the Assistant Curator, Ichthyology at the academy and will talk about the evolution, biogeography, and ecology of coral reef fishes. His overarching goal Read More

Over 200 new invertebrates and 11 new fish discovered in Philippines

The California Academy of Sciences recently concluded a biodiversity expedition in the Philippines discovering over 300 new species including 200 marine invertebrates and 11 new fish. The six-week expedition focused most of the marine exploration on the Verde Island Passage, a deep-water channel separating the island of Luzon from Mindoro. Read More

Should natural ecosystems like coral reefs have legal rights?

After reading a recent article about a law set to pass in Bolivia granting legal rights and recognition to natural systems, the main question I asked myself was should natural ecosystems like coral reefs have legal rights? Is this another motivation from the patchouli-wearing, granola eating treehugger movement to thwart the white-collar, anything-for-a-buck, industrialists looking Read More