Paracheilinus togeanensis flasher wrasse and its hybrids are a spectacular bunch

Pictured above is a really gorgeous hybrid between Paracheilinus togeanensis and P. filamentosus. While P. filamentosus is a staple and a widely known species in the trade, P. togeanensis (Togean flasher wrasse)is not. The Togean flasher wrasse is a species…

Paracheilinus alfiani video shows this new species in the wild

Paracheilinus alfiani is only a few days old as a newly minted species and already we have the world’s first videos of the new flasher wrasse. The video clip of Alfian’s flasher wrasse comes to us from Anna & Ned…

Paracheilinus alfiani, P. paineorum & P. xanthocirritus, three new flasher wrasses

Paracheilinus alfiani, P. paineorum and P. xanthocirritus are three new species joining the ranks of flasher wrasses. The description of these three new Paracheilinus is part of a massive review of the genus overall and it sorts out a few of…

Hybrid flasher wrasses abound at Triton Bay’s Flasher Beach

When it comes to reef fish, Gerald Allen is a world renowned ichthyologist, diver and all around messiah of all marine fishes. So when Dr. Allen writes a rave review about a particular place in the world, you better take…

Not True To Name – a variation of the red tailed flasher wrasse, Paracheilinus rubricaudalis, found on the GBR

The Flasher Wrasses, like their cousins the Fairy Wrasses, epitomize what a great, reef-safe marine fish really is. One of the newest species on the block, Paracheilinus rubricaudalis or the Redtailed Flasher Wrasse described by Randall and Allen in 2003,…

Audible for Fish? 10 rare or beautiful fish that would have made this gag better

In case you missed it, yesterday was April Fool’s Day and there were many corporations and tech companies sharing some serious groaners with a few funny ones in the mix. The one that caught our attention was Audible’s attempt at…

First Photos of a Big & Beautiful Male Hemi Flasher Wrasse

Blue Ocean SARL is on fire collecting exciting fish from Madagascar – a couple weeks ago it was a hybrid tiger angelfish and today it’s the holy grail flasher wrasse, Paracheilinus hemitaeniatus. The little known half banded or ‘Hemi’ flasher…

4.0 Cirrhilabrus laboutei & the Origins of Fairy Wrasse Diversity

At last, we’ve reached the thrilling conclusion to this comprehensive review of Fairy Wrasse evolution, and it’s time to once more dwell upon the topic of the group’s origins. As we’ve previously discussed, this enormously diverse genus can be comfortably categorized…

3.4 Fairy Wrasses: The filamentosus group

The filamentosus group presents the reader with a collection of familiar, aquarium-friendly species, many of which are exuberantly colored and morphologically quirky. Despite some superficial differences in colors and fin shapes, the overall morphology strongly implies that this is the…

3.3 Fairy Wrasses: The rubriventralis group

The rubriventralis group features some of the most beloved and charming species of fairy wrasses, ornately adorned with painterly brilliance and morphological exuberance. Unlike some of the characteristically larger members of Cirrhilabrus, the rubriventralis group members remain small, rarely exceeding…