The Helfrich Firefish Hybrid Literally Survived A Storm!

It was in December of last year that we reported on the first documented sighting of a rare hybrid between the common firefish, Nemateleotris magnifica, and the much less common helfrich’s firefish, N. helfrichi. We’re happy to report that this specimen…

Amazing First Pictures of Helfrich Firefish Hybrid (Updated w/ Video)

Dartfish hold a very special place in our reefing hearts, and none more so than the magnificent firefish. We absolutely adore the Nemateleotris firefish species, so we definitely perked up when we came across this incredibly rare firefish hybrid.  The regular and…

Helfrich’s firefish discovered in the Philippines

The Helfrich’s firefish,¬†Nemateleotris helfrichi¬†has been discovered in the Philippines, extending the species range by more than 1000 km, or 600 miles. The recent finding is important not only from a fish ecology perspective but it also puts this fish within…

Nemateleotris helfrichi: A tale of two heads

Immense fish collection in the early 90’s brought new light to a plethora of colourful reef fish, many of which the world had never seen. In 1938, from a smorgasbord of specimens in the Albatross collection, one exquisite little fish…

Purple face Helfrich’s firefish resurface from the Cook Islands

Helfrich’s firefish,¬†Nemateleotris helfrichi, were once so rare in the aquairum hobby that you basically never saw them at the fish store. How times have changed now that the dainty little Helfrich’s is collected in massive numbers from the Marshall Islands…

Cook Island Helfrich firefish shows up again in the Diver’s Den

What can we say? The “true” Helfrich firefish from the Cook Istlands is a fish that we just can’t get over. For the longest time the Helfrich firefish, Nemateleotris helfrichi was the holy grail of dartfish and over the years…

And you thought Helfrich’s firefish were rare

What we have here is a glowing deepwater morph of the already highly sought after Helfrich’s firefish, Nemateleotris helfrichi. This particular variant comes from Cook Island at about 220 feet which is over 100 feet deeper than the normal Helfrich…