Halichoeres bathyphilus is one of many Curacao rarities from Dynasty Marine

Halichoeres bathyphilus may not look like much as a juvenile, but this deepwater Atlantic species is one of the most beautiful and elusive of its genus. In its initial phase, it is very difficult to distinguish from the many times…

A BlueHarbor treat: Meiacanthus kamoharai and Valenciennea bellae

Meiacanthus kamoharai is quite possibly the most beautiful of the fang blennies. Unlike most Meiacanthus, the kamohara fang blenny ditches the stripey dress code that is associated with many in this genus.  Instead, a silver vein runs along its jet black…

Cairns Marine churns out another stunning Bodianus paraleucosticticus from the Coral Sea

Bodianus paraleucosticticus is a gorgeous hogfish that is far too scarce in the trade. The five-striped hogfish is layered in alternating stripes of salmon pink and white, gradually fading to yellow as it reaches the base and tail region. All hogfishes…

Mango angelfish from Guam resurfaces after long hiatus

It has been awhile since any fish from Guam has made its way into the trade. Sans the small collection made by Joe Russo last year, this is the first time in a long hiatus that we’re seeing the reappearance…

Digiman is back with a breathtaking new Liopropoma latifasciatum as well as a charismatic Sailfin Jawfish

Familiarity has made us jaded with the beautiful and charismatic genus – Liopropoma. L. carmabi and L. rubre were once the creme de la creme species that everyone were dying to own, but in recent years they have become more widely…

Wine red Dragonets still hot on the wish list despite appearing again in bigger numbers

Call it whatever shade of red you want, but there’s no denying the flaming beauty of these dragonets. We featured the appearance of an unfamiliar dragonet a few months ago that made its appearance in various fish stores worldwide. They…

Top 10 Festive reef life that could get lost in a candy cane factory

It’s no secret that our society loves the combination of red and white colors, which is no doubt why it is employed so much during winter festivities. But it turns out that nature really appreciates this peppermint or candy cane…

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…

Lipogramma robinsi brought up from the depths for just the second time

Lipogramma robinsi is so rare it wasn’t until early last year that we saw our first pictures of a living specimen. Thanks to the work of the deep diving Curasub in Curacao, we’ve been fortunate to have a plethora of…