Plectranthias kojiorum, an Attractive New Species of Marbled Perchlet

Plectranthias kojiorum is the newest species of perchlet from the cradle of biodiversity for this genus which appears to be the northwest Pacific Ocean. This Japanese perchlet was first recognized as being something new and different by the staff at the…

Blue Harbor Flexes Rare Pair of Hopkin’s Jawfish

It was just over ten years ago that Hopkin’s Jawfish first hit our rare fish radar with its unique blend of blue and gold colors. Opistognathus hopkinsi comes from deep waters of the northwest Pacific Ocean so very little is…

Onna Coral Field in Okinawa Japan

A recent image posted by Lagoon Diving showing off Acropora growth in Okinawa had us curious to learn more about this iconic reef restoration project. The Onna coral field project started more than twenty years ago when, following a bleaching…

This Japanese Aquarium Is Asking For People To Video Call Their Garden Eels

Please remember about humans! Garden eels are notoriously shy creatures. While scuba diving, as your approach sandy garden eels patches, you see little eels heads slowly retract into their burrow. It is nearly impossible to get a closeup glimpse of…

Apogon soloriensis, a New Cardinalfish from Japan

Cardinalfish are an important and abundant part of tropical reef fish communities and now we can add one more to the list, Apogon soloriensis. This newly described little red fish was discovered in the Bonin Islands of Japan, better known…

Alveopora japonica is Taking Advantage of Warming Subtropical Reefs

We used to think that Alveopora was just another group of the unmistakable flowerpot corals, mostly Goniopora, but several years ago it came to light that these two genera were not related at all. Because of this historical clustering of our care,…

Roa haraguchiae, an Exciting New Species of Butterflyfish

Roa haraguchiae is the newest species of Chaetodontidae and adds a sixth member to the deepwater Roa genus of butterflyfish. The description of an official new species is usually very exciting but it’s an even more special occasion when it’s a butterflyfish. …

Innoqua is a start up company to accelerate aquatic organism research

There might be some companies that are start up for aquarium related company, but Innoqua’s purpose is unique to others. Their target is to accelerate aquatic organism research through the marine aquarium hobby. Recently they started a crowdfunding campaign for…

Plectranthias maekawa, a New Deepwater Basslet Species from Japan

Plectranthias maekawa is a new species of deepwater fish from our favorite group of not-quite-anthias, the Plectranthias ‘basslets’. While the new Maekawa basslet was officially described by scientists late last year, this little gem has made at least one appearance in Japanese…

Chromis tingting, a New Species of Damselfish from Japan

Chromis tingting is a brand new species of damselfish described from Japan by Lemon TYK and Anthony Gill. Hailing from Japan’s famous Sagami Bay, the new Ting Ting damselfish has been confounded with similarly colored Chromis like C. mirationis with which…