The Nursalim Flasher wrasse is such a rare and exotic fish, it’s been a book fish, a holy grail for rare fish fanciers and we never thought we’d see this species in captivity. But this week LiveAquaria announced that not only did they have this species but are already offering it up for sale!
Only discovered and described in the last decade, Paracheilinus nursalim is truly one of the flashiest of flasher wrasse hailing from Raja Ampat and Triton Bay areas of the Bird’s Head Peninsula in West Papua, Indonesia. Having traveled and dove there myself, I can assure you that there is very little infrastructure and it takes quite a few stops to get there so bringing a fish back has got to be quite the challenge.
The remoteness of the Nursalim Flasher’s habitat, together with the rarity of this species in the aquarium hobby and not to mention how beautiful it is will surely make it one of the most sought after, and expensive, wrasses ever sold in the aquarium hobby. The biggest downside of this species is that to really get it to display you’ll want some females around to get the boy ‘in the nuptial mood’ but it could probably be tricked with females of similar species that are more common, the filament flasher comes to mind.
The first ever Nursalim flasher wrasse was offered by LiveAquaria for a pretty ‘reasonable’ $1599 and it sold immediately but we expect to see another specimen offered up tonight. We don’t know the full details of how these Nursalim flashers entered the aquarium hobby, the few sources are keeping a lid on it. However like many rare fish that are very expensive when they debut, if the species was discovered in a new more accessible location perhaps we’ll see more specimens in the future.