Bell’s flasher wrasse, Paracheilinus bellae, is one of the most elusive of the ornamental labridae. With the lyretail of P. angulatus, the dorsal filaments of P. filamentosus and more blue linework than P. octotaenia, Bell’s Flasher wrasse is at the top of the wish list of the die hard wrasse collectors. The only other flasher wrasse that even comes close is Paracheilinus attenuatus but we’ve already been there. Endemic to the Marshall Islands and Palau, Paracheilinus bellus is a species which may not yet have been imported into the US, that is until House of Fins scored a few in anticipation of next week’s 53rd anniversary sale. We don’t know how many HOF will have for sale but we just hope to see at least one specimen displaying the exquisite beauty of the specimen above, photographed by Pisces Kazu.
Jake Adams has been an avid marine aquarist since the mid 90s and has worked in the retail side of the marine aquarium trade for more than ten years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and has been the managing editor of ReefBuilders.com since 2008. Jake is interested in every facet of the marine aquarium hobby from the concepts to the technology, rare fish to exotic corals, and his interests are well documented through a very prolific career of speaking to reef clubs and marine aquarium events, and writing articles for aquarium publications across the globe. His primary interest is in corals which Jake pursues in the aquarium hobby as well as diving the coral reefs of the world.