Rare Lipogramma klayi basslet from Curacao makes it all the way to Bangkok

It’s always our pleasure to see rare deep water species start showing up in aquarium trade more recently. This time is not a shocking stripe color basslet such as the Candy, but a lesser seen Lipogramma klayi as it is…

Researchers try to understand how fields of Leptoseris can grow at 300 feet deep

We absolutely love all corals in the family Agariciidae which includes Leptoseris, Gardinoseris, Pavona, Agaricia and Psammocora. These corals are hardy, colorful, undemanding in terms of light and flow and they have really neat color and pattern which is unique…

New Odontanthias discovered in Puerto Rico

Odontanthias is a popular genus of deepwater reef fish that includes the Borbonius and Yellow Fin Anthias. Odontanthias is so far only known from the Indian and Pacific Ocean but the unusual fish from Puerto Rico pictured above is a…

“Bubble gum” coral possibly new species from Coral Triangle

Scientists recently revealed their findings after an expedition to the Coral Triangle – “a region where currents from the Pacific and Indian Oceans bring together different species from Asia and Australia to mix within Indonesia’s Sulawesi Sea”. As many as…

Multiline basslet video shows a Liopropoma in it’s natural habitat

The Multiline Basslet, Liopropoma multilineatum, may not be the highest target of deepwater basslet enthusiasts but this video of a Liopropoma in it’s natural habitat is extremely informative. It is well known that many basslets and Liopropoma in particular live…

Serranus phoebe is the latest feather in the cap of Old Town Aquarium basslet collections

Tattler’s basslet, Serranus phoebe, won’t be the most sensational rare fish collected this year, but that bold pattern of stripes on a light body with subtle blue markings sure are distinctive. The blue snout and angular head makes this serranid…

Hemianthus vivanus is a deepwater Caribbean anthias with a cockatoo’s crest

It’s really a shame that America is the largest consumer of marine ornamentals and although we spend a lot of energy acquiring the most exotic reef animals from around the world, yet the reef fish of our own backyards go…

TED talk: Glowing Sealife is much more diverse and spectacular than you can imagine

Bioluminescence is a biochemical trick which is performed by 80 to 90 % of ocean life but we know precious little about the different ways that bioluminescence is used. Even as a trained Marine Scientist I was not aware that…

Prognathodes basabei, the Orange Margin butterflyfish pushes the limits of how deep fish are collected

After ten years since the first time this species was collected, Blue Harbor has once again obtained the ultimate deep living butterflyfish, Prognathodes basabei. This Deepwater Hawaiian endemic was originally collected in 1998 and it was known for a long…

Deep Sea NOAA mission discovers new coral species

The findings of a deepsea NOAA mission were published today, revealing that several new coral species were discovered a mile below the ocean surface. Six of the seven new corals may represent new coral genera which is quite a startling…