Philippines

Orange coral beauty collected in Philippines

The Coral Beauty is one of the most common and widely beloved species of pygmy angelfish. Centropyge bispinosa is collected and exported for the aquarium market by the thousands every year, and for the most part there is only subtle variation…

Up close with the beautiful corals of Lubang Island, Philippines

Around this time last year, we were invited to visit the budding coral farms that RVS 4-Star Mariculture is developing in the Philippines. Several sites are planned for future coral farming efforts in the Philippines, and we managed to visit the beautiful…

Top 10 crazy clownfish collected in the Philippines recently

Over the last few months, RVS Fishworld has been crushing it with their offering of awesome Filipino reef fish. This high level of quality fish is particularly evident when it comes to collecting rare, aberrant, hybrid and otherwise really unusual clownfish…

Black tomato clownfish shown off by RVS Fishworld

A black tomato clownfish has recently been collected by RVS Fishworld in the Northern Philippines, and this one’s a beauty! Tomato clownfish are so named for their overall red body coloration which is transected only on the face behind the…

Top 5 big reef fish discoveries from the Philippines this year

It’s been a busy year for the reef aquarium hobby and especially for reef fish discoveries in the Philippines. The Philippines is the largest single exporter of ornamental fish for the aquarium trade. With a population of nearly 100 milion people,…

Chevron tang also turns up in the Philippines

The chevron tang, Ctenochaetus hawaiiensis, has long been a popular aquarium tang, and for good reason. Juveniles are brilliantly colored and, like many tangs, does an admiral job of eating nuisance algae. Nearly all chevron tangs make their way to…

Mandarin shark is alive and well in this feeding video

The Mandarin Shark that swept the aquarium and shark world by storm last week is alive and well at Country Critters in Long Island, New York. Despite being harvested from the deep waters of the Northern Philippines just about a…

Macropharyngodon moyeri discovered and collected in the Philippines

Being a self-proclaimed fish nerd my interest gets piqued anytime one of those ‘rare to the hobby’ fish becomes available, even if it is a type I am not normally excited about. But when a particularly enticing specimen comes available, well forget…

Sensational new ‘Mandarin’ cat shark collected in Philippines (updated)

The Mandarin Cat Shark is an exciting new species of shark which has just been discovered collected in the northern Philippines. The incredible pattern of the ‘cat shark’ has an uncanny resemblance to the beloved Mandarin goby, and we’ve never seen a shark…

Helfrich’s firefish discovered in the Philippines

The Helfrich’s firefish, Nemateleotris helfrichi has been discovered in the Philippines, extending the species range by more than 1000 km, or 600 miles. The recent finding is important not only from a fish ecology perspective but it also puts this fish within…