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…

Top 10 New Species of Corals & Critters of 2020

Although reef aquarists encounter new forms, colors and strains of reef corals, new species of Octocorals and Scleractinia are few and far between. While this year may have featured a few new species of corals, these are mostly cryptic species such…

Lysmata napoleoni, a New Species of Cleaner Shrimp from the Middle of the Atlantic

Lysmata napoleoni is a new species of Caridean shrimp from St. Helena named after one of its most notorious residents, Napoleon Bonaparte. This distinctively colored species is recognizable in the field at depths of 15 meters at St. Helena and…

Ankersquilla pardus, a New Species of Leopard Spotted Mantis Shrimp

Ankersquilla pardus is a brand new mantis shrimp species that is so unique it was placed into its own, monotypic genus. Usually when new species of mantis shrimp are discovered they are small and or nondescript but Ankersquilla pardus has already…