Paracheilinus nursalim is one of the new species of flasher wrasses from New Guinea which is still completely unknown in the aquarium world. Only described in 2008, both Paracheilinus nursalimwas discovered on the biological expedition to the Bird’s Head Peninsula of Western New Guinea, not to be confused with the eastern Papua New Guinea where we previously were getting some cool clownfish and damselfish. Although the Paracheilinus were described back in 2008, the new flasher wrasse species are absent of most widely available aquarium books, except for the epic Labrid Fishes wrasse book by Rudie Kuiter which is still a rare and expensive book
Paracheilinus nursalim pictured above is one of the most spectacular species of flasher wrasses, on par with Paracheilinus attenuatus from Africa, and distinct in having a more yellow orange body coloration compared to the red orange bodies of most other Paracheilinus species. There’s no doubt that the photo above is a spectacular shot of Paracheilinus nursalim, we’d love to see what its daytime appearance is like without all the flashyness.
[via Wild Singapore]