Sinularia mesophotica, A New Species of Photosyntetic Soft Coral From The Deep

Sinularia mesophotica is a new species of soft coral that has just been described from the deep waters of the Red Sea. This coral is special for a number reasons, not the least of which is how deep it was found…

A new way to photosynthesize discovered in mesophotic coral, Stylophora pistillata

A new study published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science found that photosynthetic algae in corals which inhabit mesophotic reefs have a never-before seen adaptation to life in the twilight zone. Researchers found that the Symbiodinium spp. algae responsible for powering photosynthesis…

Mesophotic reefs in Hawaii are rich in coral cover and unique fish species

Researchers in Hawaii have completed a comprehensive investigation of deep mesophotic coral-reefs throughout the Hawaiian Archipelago. The study, published in the open-access journal PeerJ involved a team of sixteen researchers and spanned more than twenty years. Although the existence of these…

Psammocora eldredgei sets new record for mesophotic photosynthesis

Psammocora eldredgei is a new species of stony coral that is remarkable not for its size or appearance, but for how deep this Scleratinian was collected from. Most new species of stony corals are really rare, very odd, or come…

Coryphopterus curasub newly described from mesophotic curacao

Coryphopterus curasub is the newest species of deepwater reef fish described from the depths of Curacao. The new Coryphopterus goby species is yet another new discovery made by the deep-diving Curasub which now gets its full name included in the binomial designation of…

Mesophotic Reef- low light reefs can teach us new things about contemporary reefing

Tim Wijgerde of Coralscience.org is building a mesophotic reef system, basically a low light reef. Tim dropped in to share with us why he decided to do a low light reef tank and what low light reef animals can teach…

Pseudanthias hangapiko, A New Anthias Species from Easter Island

Pseudanthias hangapiko is a new species of anthias from the South Pacific region of Rapa Nui, better known as Easter Island. The hangapiko anthias was discovered way back in 2017 during an expedition to explore the mesophotic reefs of Easter…

Is This Coral Pocillopora acuta or a Hybrid with Seriatopora?

Hybrid reef animals are a very common sighting and it is especially well documented in the marine angelfish, clownfish, butterflyfish, surgeonfish, and basically many different families of fish but it is much less well documented or studied among the corals.…

NPS Leptoseris Found in Underwater Caves of the Indian Ocean

Leptoseris was once a completely overlooked group of corals in the aquarium world but recent years have seen an explosion of appreciation for these low light corals. Over the years reef builders have come to understand that these plating and encrusting…

Pseudojuloides pluto and proserpina are two new pencil wrasses from Micronesia and the Marquesan islands

Prolific Ph.D. candidate Yi Kai Tea (Lemon Tyk) has published papers on not just two but four new species of Pencil wrasse this week. Pseudojuloides crux and P.paradiseus are now being joined by P.pluto and P.proserpina, taking the total number of Pencil Wrasse species to 18.