wrasses

Aberrant Cleaner Wrasse From Philippines is Out of this World!

Wrasses are not a group of reef fish that don’t deviate from their template too much, but when they do it can be quite spectacular. Case in point is this aberrant cleaner wrasse, Labroides dimidiatus, fished up in the Philippines by…

The Magma Fairy Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus shutmani, Just Described From Northern Philippines

Cirrhilabrus shutmani, the magma wrasse which was first discovered by RVS Fishworld has just been described. This completely novel wrasse species made a big splash when it first appeared as it was unmistakably new to both science and the marine…

These Four Rare Fish Make For An Incredible Madagascar Biotope Aquarium

The Indian Ocean is one of the least explored ecoregions of the world, and madagascar in particular is nearly a black hole of information when it comes to ornamental aquarium fish. Thankfully in recent years RVS Fishworld‘s sister operation in…

Paracheilinus hemitaeniatus, the Holy Grail Flasher Wrasse Being Collected in Madagascar

Paracheilinus hemitaeniatus, the half-banded flasher wrasse is a very elusive species that has been all but absent in the aquarium hobby. Hailing only from Madagascar and a few locations in South Africa, this species has turned out to be the…

Cirrhilabrus efatensis, a New Species Of Fairy Wrasse From Vanuatu

Cirrhilabrus efatensis is a new species of fairy wrasse which was discovered living in Vanuatu in the South Pacific. This new species is in the small but distinct complex of hooded fairy wrasses which include C. bathyphilus, from the Coral Sea…

Wanting Versus Needing

Wanting Versus Needing       While my daughter was at home for Spring Break, one of her most frequent refrains was “I need this” or “I will die without that”. As a parent one of the things I tried to…

The Fish At JZ Marine Aquariums Will Knock Your Socks Off!

Australia has proven to be an extremely fruitful aquarium scene, and our latest LFS visit brought us far outside of Sydney to JZ Marine Aquariums. This small unassuming shop is truly a specialty shop and while it’s easy to dismiss…

Halichoeres chrysus: A Hardy Little “Banana with Fins” That’s Just Right for Beginners

Known by a variety of common names—banana wrasse, canary wrasse, golden wrasse, yellow coris, et al—Halichoeres chrysus is hardy, readily available, reasonably affordable, well suited to modest-sized systems, and among the better choices for beginners. Of course, owing to all…

Nursalim Flasher Wrasses Caught in Dramatic Battles!

The Blenny Watchers are at it with another great and exclusive look at the behavior of unusual marine life. In focus for this video is a pair of illustrious Nursalim flasher wrasses, Paracheilinus nursalim, showing us everything they’ve got.  Part battle…

Oxycheilinus samurai, a new wrasse species with the coolest name

Oxycheilinus samurai, the Samurai Wrasse is a new species of reef fish from the Ryukyu Islands of Japan, and Panay Islands of Philippines. Among the maori wrasses of the Oxycheilinus genus O. samurai is a slender species, but not quite…