wrasses

A spectacular terminal male Cirrhilabrus lanceolatus debuts in Singapore

For hardcore wrasse lovers, Cirrhilabrus lanceolatus needs no introductions. For the less avid wrasse aficionados, here’s a little short intro before we dive into the story proper. Cirrhilabrus lanceolatus is a deepwater  japanese endemic not to be confused with Cirrhilabrus…

Pseudojuloides edwardi: a spectacular new wrasse species is named after a fellow aquarist

Pseudojuloides edwardi is a new species of slender pencil wrasse from Mombasa Kenya which was actually discovered in a fish store, long time friend of the Reef Builders team, Greenwhich Aquaria. The new species is named in honor of one of…

A good look at a nice supermale comb wrasse, Coris picta

The comb wrasse is an Australian endemic reef fish which is sometimes seen in the trade, but no one deliberately clamoring for it. But Rudie Kuiter knows the striking beauty of this fish as it was selected to grace the…

Awesome Fish Spotlight: The Mauritian endemic Pseudojuloides xanthomos

Pseudojuloides is a genus of touchy labrids that are aptly named pencil wrasses for their slender figure. The genus boasts a sizeable number of mostly colourful sexually dichromatic species, of which only a small sampling is offered to the aquarium trade.…

Gorgeous Atavai wrasse from Polynesia arrives as a pair at Pacific East Aquaculture

Polynesia is an alien world of unknown reef fishes in the aquarium world and topping the list of must-haves from the region is Pseudojuloides atavai. The Atavai wrasse is one of those obscure species of slender wrasses whose congeners are poorly…

Photos of Paracheilinus nursalim by Eric Cheng are the best we’ve seen of this species

The West Papuan endemic Paracheilinus nursalim is not only the crème de la crème of Paracheilinus, it is also one of the newer members to be described; Discovered not too long ago in 2006, and described in 2008. This stunning gem is…

Quality Marine offering LFS a free femininus for buying 100 banggais

Here’s a special promotion from Quality Marine that is exclusively for the legit fish store businesses; buy 100 aquacultured banggai cardinalfish and QM will throw in a sweet, coveted femininus wrasse. A hundred banggai cardinalfish sounds like a lot of money…

Pintail and Lunate fairy wrasses have breathtaking nuptial colors

Enough has been said and blogged about the lunate and pintail fairy wrasse – Cirrhilabrus cf lunatus & C. cf. lanceolatus already. Having made a meteoric appearance in 2013, we’re still enjoying the availability of these species that the Philippines has to offer.…

Reef Builder’s recap on 2013’s most alluring hybrids

We wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t cover any hybrids this year, and like the hardworking elves at Santa’s factory, we made sure we did it with glitter and bow ribbons. This year we had our fair share…

The five best new reef fish species of 2013

As in previous years, 2013 has been an excellent year for new species of reef fish being discovered, and described. As usual there’s been a lot of Eviota and Trimma gobies, the dwarf gobies are plentiful, and there’s been a…