A closer look at the extremely elusive Cirrhilabrus blatteus

Cirrhilabrus blatteus, more aptly named the purpled-boned fairy wrasse, is a member of the genus that is so extremely seldom seen that these handful of pictures of the fish in this post are probably some of the best out there.…

Spotted Drum – Another Look at a Spotlight-Worthy Species

Last year ReefBuilders championed the elusive and rare-in-the-trade Florida Spotted Drum, Equetus punctatus, as one of the most underrated reef fish.  So I couldn’t help offering another look at the species, this time, a hand-collected juvenile from Florida that recently…

Hybrid Panther x Bumblebee grouper is both beautiful and edible

‘Fish are friends, not food”. Well, not so much for this man-made hybrid grouper. The amazing fish shown above is the result of a cross between the Panther grouper and the Bumblebee grouper (Cromileptes altivelis X Epinephelus lanceolatus). Bred for…