From where we’re standing, the Leopard Multibar Angelfish that was collected in Vanuatu about a month ago is just about one of the most sensational aberrant marine angelfish we’ve ever seen. This one of a kind fish could have gone to any number of private rare and exotic fish collectors but luckily for us, long time friend of Reef Builders Jimmy Ma is the new steward of the Leopard Multibar Angelfish.
Mr. Ma has a particular penchant for rare, unusual and otherwise unique angelfish, especially pygmy angelfish and over the years he’s shared many of his fine specimens with us. It’s because of Jimmy that we have some of the first concrete evidence to support that some of the orange coral beauty angelfishes can actually hold their unusual color for a great deal of time.
Being the first of its kind, we still don’t have a good explanation of how this Paracentropyge multifasciata became so stunningly patterned. We don’t expect that the Leopard Multibar Angelfish will experience any shift of color or pattern, but being a small specimen there’s still some room for it to grow and further develop its unique morse-code of dots and dashes.
Jimmy Ma is currently conditioning his new piscine treasure in a dedicated fish box to make sure it eats and is well adjusted before it is added to the main display aquarium. We hope that this is the first set of images of the unbelievable Leopard Multibar Angelfish and that the future holds many more updates on this exquisite Paracentropyge multifasciata.