Parascolopsis akatamae, A New Species of Fluorescent Monocle Bream

Parascolopsis akatamae is a new species of dwarf monocle bream from Japan which has a very curious and unique feature. Fluorescence is well documented among many different groups of reef animals, especially the corals, but the new Akatamae bream exhibits…

Stigmatopora harastii, a New Species of Red Pipefish from Botany Bay, Australia

Stigmatopora harastii is a brand new species of pipefish with a bright red coloration to hide amongst a particular habitat of sponges and red algaes. It’s surprising that the discovery was made in Australia’s Botany Bay, right there in the harbor of…

Acanthoplesiops jessicae, an Attractive New Species of Spiny Basslet from PNG

Acanthoplesiops jessicae is a new species of spiny basslet from Papua New Guinea that is a far cry from the typical appearance of fish in this genus. The newly described basslet was discovered in the hotspot of endemism and biodiversity…

Pseudojuloides pluto and proserpina are two new pencil wrasses from Micronesia and the Marquesan islands

Prolific Ph.D. candidate Yi Kai Tea (Lemon Tyk) has published papers on not just two but four new species of Pencil wrasse this week. Pseudojuloides crux and P.paradiseus are now being joined by P.pluto and P.proserpina, taking the total number of Pencil Wrasse species to 18.

Parazoanthus atlanticus is a new species of Yellow Polyp from the Dutch Caribbean

The biodiversity of the Dutch Caribbean has been studied for 250 years, but most records of Zoantharians don’t go much beyond the genus level or are grouped into generic catch-all species despite being common. A group of zoantharian specialists from Japan and the Netherlands has sought to change that by collecting and DNA testing new specimens as well as reexamining huge numbers of historic records and data of species collected and described from the area.

Pseudojuloides crux & P. paradiseus, Two New Species of Pencil Wrasses

Pseudojuloides crux and P. paradiseus are two new species of pencil wrasses described by Reef Builders alum Yi-Kai Tea et. al that sheds light on some ‘known unknown’ labrid species. In a similar vein to the Roa rumsfeldi butterflyfish, the new…

Pseudanthias timanoa – New Caledonia’s Sunrise Anthias gets Official Description

Pseudanthias timanoa is a new species of anthias just described from New Caledonia, but the aquarium hobby has known about this unique fairy basslet for some time now. Way back in 2013 when Pseudanthias privitera and P. aurulenteus were all…

Scientist In Australia Discover New Coral And Spot A Rare Rhinopias In Comprehensive Deep-Sea Study

For the very first time, scientists have been able to view the deepest regions of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The team from the Schmidt Ocean Institute discovered five undescribed species consisting of black corals and sponges, and recorded…

New Species of ‘Supergiant’ Isopod, Bathynomus raksasa

If you thought you had some big ‘pods in your reef tank or your refugium, just wait until you get a look at the newest species of ‘supergiant’ Isopod. Bathynomus raksasa is the newest member of these deep sea isopods…

Chromis pacifica, a New Name for a Common Damselfish

Chromis pacifica is the newest species of damselfish that, as the name indicates, is a tropical reef fish from the Pacific Ocean. While the name might be new, this is actually a redescription of Chromis agilis that once included a…