Plectranthias pelicieri is still one of the most stunning fish in the sea

We don’t see¬†Plectranthias pelicieri pop up in the aquarium trade too often but when it does, we take notice. Looks like B-Box Aquarium recently had the privilege of adding a Pelicier’s¬†Plectranthias to their stable of rare aquarium fish, likely having…

Serranus chionaraia, the snow basslet, is the Plectranthias pelicieri of the Atlantic

The snow basslet, Serranus chionaraia, is a beautiful and interesting deepwater basslet from the Carribean Sea. As with many of these curiosities of the rare fish world, the snow basslet above was recently collected by Dynasty Marine and sent to…

Gratuitous midweek rare fish pr0n: Plectranthias pelicieri

We spotted this demi-god of a fish at the infamous Greenwich Aquaria. Although this species has been documented from only Mauritius and Southern Japanese waters, this specimen was imported from the Kingdom of Tonga. The video was taken several months…

Plectranthias cruentus, a New Perchlet Species from Lord Howe Island

Plectranthias cruentus is a very unexpected new species of perchlet discovered in the remote waters of Australia’s Lord Howe Island region. The sole photo of a freshly preserved specimen collected off Ball’s Pyramid shows a fish that looks quite a…

Plectranthias takasei, a gorgeous new species of basslet from Japan

Plectranthias takasei is the newest species of reef fish to be described and what a fantastic new fish it is. This attractive ‘Hinomaru Perchlet’ also has the honor of being described by some serious fish nerds, including the Ichthyologist formerly known…

Awesome Fish Spotlight: The secret life of Plectranthias inermis

It really is an open secret that here at ReefBuilders, we are head over heels for Plectranthias. It is hands down one of the coolest genus of fish for the home aquarium. They’re charismatic and shy at the same time,…

Plectranthias garrupellus – Apricot Bass is a virtually unknown deepwater Caribbean reef fish

Plectranthias garrupellus also known as the Apricot Bass is a pretty wonderful little reef fish that came to only recently came to life with pictures of living specimens. For being a member of the popular Plectranthias genus of aquarium fish it’s…

Plectranthias kelloggi from Japan shows up in Singapore

Plectranthias kelloggi (Zalanthias kelloggi) is a rather large member of the Plectranthias group so much so that some have placed it in another genus or subgenus. Unlike most of its smaller cousins, P. kelloggi grows to about 12cm and is…

Plectranthias xanthomaculatus and P. elongatus described from deepwater trawls of Taiwan

Plectranthias xanthomaculatus and P. elongatus are two new species of deepwater reef fish which have just been described by Wu, Randall and Chen in the journal Zoological Studies. The two new species of Plectranthias were described based on single specimens…