New Species

Chromis sahulensis & C. norfolkensis, Two More New Damselfish Species

Chromis norfolkensis and C. sahulensis are two new species of one of our favorite group of reef animals, the damselfishes. Like several of the most recently described species of Chromis especially, the new species have been teased apart from other common and well…

Cirrhilabrus apterygia, the Mutant Comes Home to the Fairy Wrasses

Cirrhilabrus apterygia is the new name for a fish that’s been known to science for many years, but is so bizarre that one of its common names is the mutant wrasse. First described as Conniella apterygia in 1983 this particular wrasse…

Thor dicaprio, the Caribbean Sexy Shrimp is Its Own Species

Thor dicaprio is the first new species of Sexy Shrimp since the original description of Thor amboinensis over 100 years ago in 1888. Just to bring you up to speed, the Sexy Shrimp as we know it is is a…

Plectranthias kojiorum, an Attractive New Species of Marbled Perchlet

Plectranthias kojiorum is the newest species of perchlet from the cradle of biodiversity for this genus which appears to be the northwest Pacific Ocean. This Japanese perchlet was first recognized as being something new and different by the staff at the…

New Zealand’s new Species of Pygmy Pipehorse, Cylix tupareomanaia

The Manaia Pygmy Pipehorse, Cylix tupareomanaia, is a brand new syngnathid from New Zealand that doesn’t just represent a new species, but is so unique that it warranted the creation of separate genus. This newly described pygmy pipehorse was discovered at…

Cirrhilabrus aquamarinus & C. chaliasi, Two Classic Fairy Wrasses Get Properly Described

Cirrhilabrus chaliasi and C. aquamarinus are two newly described species of fairy wrasses but while the names might be new, the species themselves are actually well known to saltwater aquarists. We can’t hep but feel a sense of pride that…

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…

Gobiodon howsoni, a New Species of Clown Goby from Australia

Gobiodon howsoni is a new species of clown goby just described from the Rowley Shoals of northwestern Australia. The new coral-dwelling goby  is as small as other similar species of Gobiodon growing to less than one inch long with the type…

Blastomussa angulares is a New Species Described from India

Blastomussa angulares is a new species of scleractinian stony coral recently described from India by Mondal & Raghunathan. Blastomussa are a very popular group of fleshy LPS corals that are mostly supplied from the Indo-Pacific and Australia so we don’t…

Four New Species of Blennies Officially Described

Blennies are a diverse group of highly personably small reef fish and in the past weeks we’ve enjoyed many new species getting officially recognized. These range from the diminutive tube blennies to the bright faced glass blennies and one species…