Convict blennies are the closest thing to cichlids in the sea

Think of cichlid-like saltwater fish and you’ll probably think of damselfish or angelfish, bass, or groupers maybe, but few aquarists are aware that the marine fish most closely related to freshwater cichlids is the Convict Blenny, Pholidicthys leucotaenia.  Also known…

Tempestichthys bettyae is a tiny new ocean sleeper from the Coral Sea

A new species of reef-dwelling ocean sleeper has been described from Eastern Australia. Named Tempestichthys bettyae the tiny 12.4mm long fish looks like a goby but is in fact from the sister family of the true gobies, Thalasseleotrididae. The ocean…

Top 20 New Reef Fish Species of 2020

One of the funnest aspects of staying on top of all the marine, ocean and aquarium news is becoming familiar with all the newly described species of fish, corals, and invertebrates. Last week (year) we covered the top 10 new…

Vanderhorstia vandersteene, a Stunning New Goby Species from Papua New Guinea

Vanderhorstia vandersteene is a striking new species of goby just described from the Milne Bay province of Papua New Guinea. V. vandersteene is in very good company in this exotic part of the world where freaky little red pipefish and colorful…

Top 5 New Goby Species of 2019

As we begin wrapping up yet another full year of reporting every aspect of saltwater aquarium news, we’re approaching our annual year-end recaps of all the new species that grabbed our attention in 2019. As usual some very abundant groups…

Vanderhorstia dawnarnallae, Wicked New Species of Shrimp Goby Described

Vanderhorstia dawnarnallae is a beautiful and colorful new species of shrimp goby recently described in the Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation. Discovered in the far eastern reaches of Indonesia also known as West Papua, Dawn’s Shrimp Goby is the…

Top 10 New Fish Species of 2018

One of the funnest parts of keeping up with all the happenings in the world of marine life is learning about all the new discoveries of rare and exotic reef fish. Sometimes, oftentimes, these new species come from far away,…

Two New Blue Eyed Gobies from Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is once again the locale for the discovery of new reef fish, this time with two new species of miniature gobies. Trimma blematium and T. meityae are two newly described species from this very numerous genus which both features very…

An Oldie But A Goodie: Summer Doldrums At The Local Fish Store

It’s that time of year when dust is settling at the LFS, so take in a few thoughts for what the professional fish-slingers and coral fraggers can do to be ready for the onset of the Fall reefing season. Would…

Sueviota pyrios, Another New Goby Species From The Red Sea

Sueviota pyrios is yet another new species of dwarf goby to be described, and the latest from the Red Sea. The bright red-orange fish is curiously described from just a single specimen collected in the Gulf of Aqaba at the…