The gorgeous slender wrasse above is a brand new species which has not been seen before, and which is being offered for sale in the Japanese market. It’s not everyday that a spanking brand new undescribed fish hits the market before it gets its official named inscribed in a peer-reviewed journal. Retailing at $1,500, the undescribed Pseudojuloides wrasse dons the yellow superior and blue anterior coloration, akin to that of the Feminine Wrasse.
While there are many gorgeous and rarely seen species within the genus Pseudojuloides, like P. xanthomos and some undescribed ones, this gorgeous blue species is not documented even in Rudie Kuiter’s latest wrasse bible, indicating that it must be a recent find. This undescribed slender wrasse looks most similar to Pseudojuloides mesostigma, but the actual pattern and color is absolutely distinct. Like many others in the genus, Pseudojuloides wrasses are touchy and difficult to acclimate. The studly males pictured above however, look healthy as they display to each other with vigor. We’re hoping to get updates on this fish from anyone who decides to bring this fish home.