Cirrhilabrus aquamarinus & C. chaliasi, Two Classic Fairy Wrasses Get Properly Described

Cirrhilabrus chaliasi and C. aquamarinus are two newly described species of fairy wrasses but while the names might be new, the species themselves are actually well known to saltwater aquarists. We can’t hep but feel a sense of pride that…

Pseudanthias hangapiko, A New Anthias Species from Easter Island

Pseudanthias hangapiko is a new species of anthias from the South Pacific region of Rapa Nui, better known as Easter Island. The hangapiko anthias was discovered way back in 2017 during an expedition to explore the mesophotic reefs of Easter…

Chromis vanbebberae: The White Tail Reef Fish Gets Elevated to Full Species

Chromis vanbebberae is a brand new species of damselfish that was described at the end of last year and finally puts a name to a fish we’ve long had on our radar. This curious smaller Chromis has been known for some…

Unomia is the New Name of Xenia elongata

Unomia is a brand new genus of Xeniid soft corals that has been created to classify one of the most common of all aquarium soft corals, Xenia elongata. The entire group of Xeniid soft corals that includes Xenia, Cespitularia, Efflatournaria and others have…

Gobiodon howsoni, a New Species of Clown Goby from Australia

Gobiodon howsoni is a new species of clown goby just described from the Rowley Shoals of northwestern Australia. The new coral-dwelling goby  is as small as other similar species of Gobiodon growing to less than one inch long with the type…

Astraeosmilia is a new Genus that Splits up the Candy Corals

Astraeosmilia is a new genus of stony coral that is about to change up our understanding of the candy or trumpet corals, formerly limited to the Caulastraea genus. This new group of stony corals pulls in three species from Caulastraea, one…

Blastomussa angulares is a New Species Described from India

Blastomussa angulares is a new species of scleractinian stony coral recently described from India by Mondal & Raghunathan. Blastomussa are a very popular group of fleshy LPS corals that are mostly supplied from the Indo-Pacific and Australia so we don’t…

Four New Species of Blennies Officially Described

Blennies are a diverse group of highly personably small reef fish and in the past weeks we’ve enjoyed many new species getting officially recognized. These range from the diminutive tube blennies to the bright faced glass blennies and one species…

Pomacentrus andamanensis & Eviota angustifascia, New Damselfish and Goby Species

Two new species of reef just got their official descriptions inaugurating them into the annals of reef fish taxonomy. Like so many recent damselfish, Pomacentrus andamanensis was split off from a common and widespread species, the ambon damselfish, while the…

Top 20 New Reef Fish Species of 2020

One of the funnest aspects of staying on top of all the marine, ocean and aquarium news is becoming familiar with all the newly described species of fish, corals, and invertebrates. Last week (year) we covered the top 10 new…