10 new soft corals described from New Zealand

Ten new species of soft coral have been discovered in New Zealand by a marine biologist. The new species were found by Gustav Kessel among tens of thousands of preserved specimens housed at the NIWA Invertebrate Collection in Wellington, the…

Pteragogus turdus, a New Species of Sneaky Wrasse

Pteragogus turdus is a new species of sneaky wrasse discovered from the Indian Ocean of Western Australia and the West Pacific Ocean which adds the eleventh species to this easily overlooked genus of reef fish. Unlike most other species of labrids…

Erythropodium taoyuanensis, a New Soft Coral Discovered in Taiwan

Erythropodium taoyuanensis is a new species of encrusting octocoral that was discovered from algal bed of Taiwan in the west Pacific Ocean. The newly described octocoral from Taiwan is not much a looker as far as corals go being what…

Trimma citrum is a new mesophotic pygmygoby from Vanuatu

A new species of pygmygoby has been described from deep reefs in the Western Pacific. Named Trimma citrum, it’s been described from a single male specimen collected 380 feet (116m) down on the west coast of Tutuba Island, on the…

Plesiastrea peroni Newly Resurrected Species of Stony Coral

Plesiastrea is a little species of stony coral which is often confused for Cyphastrea and rarely recognized for being a unique coral in the aquarium hobby. This genus has sported just one species, P. versipora, for many decades but a recent research…

Cirrhilabrus finifenmaa: a New Name for the Rosey Scale Fairy Wrasse

Cirrhilabrus finifenmaa is the new name of a popular aquarium favorite the rose scale fairy wrasse which, according to type material, has never been formally described! This Indian Ocean species is very common and you may already have this fish…

Trimma panemorfum, a Gorgeous New Goby Species from Palau

Trimma panemorfum is the new official name of the beautiful and strikingly patterned goby photographed in Palau way back in 2016. The colorful new Trimma goby was first seen by Dr. Richard Pyle as far back as 1997 but the first…

Pyronotanthias, Nemanthias and Mirolabrichthys help to Sort Out the ‘Classic’ Anthias Species

Anthiadines have had a taxonomic shake-up this week with 18 Anthias species being reclassified into three other genera, one of which is completely new. Dr Anthony Gill of the University of Sydney has been sifting through what was the sixty-plus species…

Coris flava, a New Species of Large Wrasse from Réunion

Coris flava is a new species of large wrasse from Réunion in the western Indian Ocean which belongs to a genus that we thought had been well documented already. Unlike other species of Coris wrasses, the new ‘Yellow Coris’ has…

Top 5 New Critter & Coral Species of 2021

If there’s just one thing we really long to see every year it’s the description of new and unknown reef critters and especially corals. The prospect of learning about new and unknown coral species is particularly exciting, especially when the…