Philippines

Phantom Tomato Clownfish collected in the Philippines

The Phantom Tomato Clownfish is an unusual specimen of Amphiprion frenatus which was recently collected in teh Philippines by RVS Fishworld. Much like the “Gladiator” ocellaris clownfish, the unusual tomato clownfish features an unusual pattern where its single head bar…

SEASMART sets up Indiegogo campaign to crowdfund restart in the Philippines

The SEASMART program is taking to Indigogo — a crowdfunding website — to raise funds for its goal to transform the aquarium trade. You might remember EcoEZ SEASMART’s pilot program from Papua New Guinea that helped change the trade over there but…

Manonichthys scintilla is a beautiful new dottyback from Apo Reef, Philippines

Although the calendar year may be nearly over we’ve still got some new species of fish being described and written about from the other side of the world. We’ve been graced by many new dottyback species, most of them Pseudochromis…

Pseudochromis fuligifinis just described from the Philippines

Pseudochromis fuligifinis is a cute new species of dottyback described from Mindoro Province and Apo Reef of the Philippines by Anthony Gill and Jeffrey Williams. The new Pseudochromis fuligifinis looks very similar to the elongate dottyback, Pseudochromis elongatus, but the half-moon shaped dark…

Over 200 new invertebrates and 11 new fish discovered in Philippines

The California Academy of Sciences recently concluded a biodiversity expedition in the Philippines discovering over 300 new species including 200 marine invertebrates and 11 new fish. The six-week expedition focused most of the marine exploration on the Verde Island Passage, a deep-water…

Massive coral reef, twice the size of Manila, destroyed in Philippines by poachers

A tragic crime that is being described as “the rape of the ocean” took place in the Philippines where poachers decimated an entire reef area almost twice the size of Manila harvesting over 21,000 pieces of black coral and killing 161 endangered sea turtles and…

Predator Starfish Threaten Coral Reefs In The Philippines

The spiny and toxic crown-of-thorns starfish are voracious predators that can wipe out large areas of coral; an individual can consume up to 6 square metres of living reef per year. Outbreaks of the species often occur when ocean temperatures…