Deep Sea Challengers scores huge with Liopropoma aragai, Bodianus masudai, Plectranthias sp and Aulacocephalus temminckii

Deep Sea Challengers is a formidable force in the rare fish paradigm. They’ve collected the illustrious Neptune grouper, Lanceolatus fairy wrasses, Symphysanodon typus and just last week, we shared with you a brand new video of O. katayamai. That’s just the…

BlueHarbor showcases super rare juvenile Bodianus masudai hogfish

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvQdtgSaLTQ&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] The Masudai hogfish is a super rare species that rarely ever makes it into the trade, and even if it does, it’s almost always within the local Japanese market. BlueHarbor once again, in living up to its reputation, scores…

Bodianus masudai and B. paraleucosticticus are not your average deepwater hogfish

[youtube width=”680″ height=”380″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNj5zBilPdA[/youtube] Bodianus masudai and B. leucosticticus are two deepwater hogfish which have recently appeared as singular specimens. Digiman from Singapore obtained a beautiful specimen of B. masudai which is rarely seen outside of the Japanese aquarium market. This…

Glowing Orange Suezichthys Wrasse collected in deep waters of Japan

Suezitchthys is a genus of slender wrasses which is hardly known in home aquariums, but we’ve got details about a second possible new species discovered in under a month. A few weeks ago we told you about the colorfully adorned new species of…

Distribution of the Trochocopus subgenus with a new range extension for the neopercularis complex

The largely puerile and often intimidating Bodianus is a large genus of labrid most noted for their belligerent and mischevious behaviour. While a large portion of the genus are often teeth bearing invertebrate hunters, a handful are minimally problematic and…

Ari’s 500 gallon reef tank is the pinnacle of reef aquarium collector-itis

Col·lec·tor – a person who collects things of a specified type, professionally or as a hobby. In the aquarium hobby, collectoritis is a condition that can be a blessing or a curse, but in most cases both. Some of us want to…

Opulent Osaka part 3: Dr. Shimokobe’s deluge of deepwater treasures

We’ve arrived at our third installation of our Osaka recount and if you’re still following, then thank you, and we hope you’ve enjoyed parts 1 and 2. We visited one of our favourite aquarist in Osaka, and we’ve featured his…

Will the real Terelabrus rubrovittatus please swim up

Terelabrus is at the moment a monotypic genus first erected in 1998 based on an unknown labrid caught at 100m in Bulari Pass, New Caledonia. Since then, the genus has not expanded despite the appearance of two potentially new species, one…

Liopropoma tonstrinum has a range wider than we previously thought

Liopropoma tonstrinum is a basslet with equal parts beauty and rarity. Looking superficially similar to L. multilineatum, the former is most often found and captured in Palau, where the few specimens that enter the trade are offered from. According to…

Digiman revisits BlueHarbor and closes 2013 with a spectacular bang

We are closing this year with one last travel story and it’s contributed again by rare fish expert Digiman from Singapore. Following up on his Hong Kong trip, Digiman visited Japan as a final pit stop to his year end…