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New deepwater butterflyfish extends its range to North East Taiwan

A recently described butterflyfish has been reported for the first time from northeast Taiwan. Roa haraguchiae was described in 2020, but the only member of its genus represented in Taiwan until now has been Roa modesta. Most of the eight…

Erythropodium taoyuanensis, a New Soft Coral Discovered in Taiwan

Erythropodium taoyuanensis is a new species of encrusting octocoral that was discovered from algal bed of Taiwan in the west Pacific Ocean. The newly described octocoral from Taiwan is not much a looker as far as corals go being what…

Corals to be grown on wind turbines in Taiwan

A Danish energy company plans to grow corals on the bases of offshore wind turbines. Dubbed ReCoral, the ambitious project plans to settle larvae and then grow them on the turbines 60km offshore, where the waters are less affected by…

Plectranthias purpuralepis is Taiwan’s Newest Basslets Species

Plectranthias purpuralepis is a brand new species of deepwater basslet coming from the North end of Taiwan in the Three Northern Islands area. It’s not surprising that this new Plectranthias is found in deep water like so many of its…

Coral Smuggler Busted in the Philippines with over 250 Chalice Corals & Shrooms

Chalice corals can be some of the most valuable strains of aquarium corals, and the Philippines has tons of murky reefs where chalice corals thrive. However, the Philippines doesn’t allow any coral exports which has led some criminals to smuggle corals…

There’s a Very Original Aquascape at VP Corals in Taipei, Taiwan

If there’s one reason to travel the world in search of visiting reef tanks in different country it’s to get out of our comfort zone and see what the reef world is like outside the digital echo chamber. While in…

The Gorgeous Taiwanese Reef of Jimmy Huang [Video]

Traveling the world to visit aquariums stores and reef tanks is very exciting and I never know what I will get to see. This inspiring reef tank by Jimmy Huang on the outskirts of Taipei, Taiwan is the first I…

Rainbow Chalice Motherlode Part 2

There’s nothing that can get a coral collector’s heart racing like seeing one beautiful colony of rainbow chalice coral. So you can imagine my sincere shock when I discovered another ‘secret stash’ of rainbow colored Echinophyllia after visiting VP Corals in…

Gold Tiger Maxima Clams From Taiwan

So-called ‘gold clams’ are usually used to describe the unfortunate Tridacna clam species with a preponderance of brown color, but some clams actually are gold. I’m not talking about the super rare gold ‘foil’ variant sometimes seen in T. maxima  & T. crocea, but the lustrous…

Taiwan Aquarium Stores Are LOADED With Products!!

I usually love to visit the local stores anytime I’m visiting a foreign country, mostly for the aim of seeing what they’re generally like, and what their customers are buying. Of course many of our regular readers are major gear-heads,…