New Species

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…

Novaculops compressus, a New Species from Japan Joins the Razor Wrasses

Novaculops compressus is a new species of the small group of razor wrasses that are fun and different from the usual aquarium labrids. Unlike the usual fairies and flasher wrasses, the razor wrasses are uniquely adapted to take shelter in…

Tomiyamichthys eyreae, a Color coordinated New Species of Shrimp Goby

Tomiyamichthys eyreae is a brand new species of shrimp-goby again from the hot bed of biodiversity that is the Bird’s Head Peninsula of West Papua, Indonesia. This slender, ground dwelling gobiid is related to the recently described Tomiyamichthys emilyae which…

Cirrhilabrus briangreenei, an Old Aquarium Fish is a New Species of Fairy Wrasse

Cirrhilabrus briangreenei is a long overdue description for a fish that has been known in the marine aquarium hobby as the black spot pyle wrasse since at least 2008, see video below. The official description proposes the name Latigo fairy wrasse…

Heteroconger guttatus, a New Garden Eel Species from the Bird’s Head Peninsula

Heteroconger guttatus is a new species of garden eel just described from the Bird’s Head Peninsula region of West Papua. There are 35 species of garden eels belonging to two different genera, Heteroconger and Gorgasia with most occurring in the…

Roa haraguchiae, an Exciting New Species of Butterflyfish

Roa haraguchiae is the newest species of Chaetodontidae and adds a sixth member to the deepwater Roa genus of butterflyfish. The description of an official new species is usually very exciting but it’s an even more special occasion when it’s a butterflyfish. …

The Xenomorph Coral Could Only Have Been a Zoanthid

The Xenomorph coral is an amorphous new species of zoanthid that reminds some people of the face-hugging extra terrestrials from popular culture. Many types of corals are pretty alien looking already but this newly described species of zoanthid is really…

Plectranthias ryukyuensis, Japan’s Ninth New Species of Perchlet

Plectranthias ryukyuensis is a new species of our favorite group of basslets which as the name describes, come from the Ryukyu Islands of southern Japan. The new Ryukyu basslet is closely related to the similar looking Plectranthias sagamiensis which is…

Top 6 New Species of Reef Corals in 2019

It’s no secret that corals are hard to identify, and that fish are much more appealing when it comes to new species description. New discoveries like the Corazon Damselfish and the Vibranium Fairy Wrasse grab headlines in popular culture in…

Top 10 New Species of Reef Fish of 2019

This past 2019 was a fruitful year of new saltwater and reef fish species, introducing fish lovers to a whole host of new species. More so than other years we were treated to a nice variety of new official descriptions…