The numerous forms and diversity of Centropyge bispinosa

This is the third post on the diversity and forms of reef fish, and this time on the ubiquitous and highly variable Centropyge bispinosa; also known as the Coral Beauty Angelfish. The standard issue coral beauty is a good mix…

Mysterious “Koi aberrants” are not exclusive to the Zebrasoma and Centropyge genera

Over the years we’ve featured a myriad of “koi” aberrations, which mostly seem to inflict large fully grown adults of the surgeonfish genus Zebrasoma, as well as the dwarf angel genus Centropyge. While not always aesthetically pleasing, from a genetic…

Hybrids of C. bispinosa are just as variable and beautiful as the parent species

Not only is the Coral Beauty angelfish widely diverse and varied, the hybrids it produces span the gamut in terms of appearance. C. bispinosa has been documented to hybridize with C. ferrugata, C. loricula, C. loricula x C. ferrugata, C.…

Don’t Underestimate the Individuality of Marine Fish

On numerous prior posts here at Saltwater Smarts, I’ve pointed out that a certain degree of behavioral variability is often seen among individual specimens of the same fish species. But what exactly do I mean by this and why does…

Don’t Underestimate the Individuality of Marine Fish

On numerous prior posts here at Saltwater Smarts, I’ve pointed out that a certain degree of behavioral variability is often seen among individual specimens of the same fish species. But what exactly do I mean by this and why does…

Top 10 Angelfish Stories of 2019

It’s no secret that marine angelfish are some of the highest profile pets for our saltwater and reef aquariums, and they are certainly among our favorite reef animals to write about. With a circumtropical distribution, their captive breeding breakthroughs, aberrations,…

Rare Solid Orange Coral Beauty Angelfish Collected in Phillipines

Solid Orange Coral Beauty Angelfish are a sort of ‘known’ rarity but that doesn’t make them any less spectacular when they do arise. This latest all orange Centropyge bispinosa comes to us from the Philippines via RVS Fishworld and it’s a…

Biota Palau Acquires Rare Abei Angelfish Broodstock!

The Abei Angelfish is one of the rarest and most elusive species of pygmy angelfish in the world. The very few specimens ever collected, mostly out of Australia, sold for astronomical, five-digit sums but a trio of recently collected specimens…

Stunning ORANGE ‘Tiger Tail’ Coral Beauty Has Hybrid Traits

The Coral Beauty angelfish is one of the most highly variable of all pygmy angelfish species. Ranging from East Africa in the Indian Ocean to the Central Pacific Ocean, it’s no surprise that this fish has a huge number of…

Not All Fish Are Cultured Equally

By: Michael Judson Ever since “captive bred” labels started popping up all over clownfish tanks, captive breeding has remained one of the flagship methods of reducing the ethical controversies plaguing the aquarium industry. Lessening what we take from the wild while…