Luiz’s Snapshots: Odontanthias katayamai In Pohnpei

If you’ve read Reef Builders for any length of time then you know that in order to find the rarest, most colorful and interesting fish, you have to dive deep. Like really deep. That and be Dr. Luiz Rocha or one of…

Borbonius Anthias Captive Bred By Biota Palau

Biota Palau is no stranger to being first to captive breed some popular tropical marine fish and the Borbonius anthias is the latest species to be added to their catalog. Their captive bred mandarins have revolutionized the experience of keeping…

Captive Raised Hawaiian Yellow Anthias Are Quite The Stunners

Karen Brittain has been quietly breeding some very exciting fish in Hawaii for the last few years. She brought us a big batch of captive bred personatus angelfish, a batch of bandit angelfish yielded some novel ‘ghost bandit’ angels, and…

Odontanthias cauoh is a new anthias species from Brazil

Odontanthias cauoh is a new species of deepwater anthias hailing from the São Pedro and São Paulo archipelago of Brazil. Odontanthias cauoh is the second member of this genus to be described from the Tropical Atlantic Ocean, bringing the total number of described Odontanthias species…

Guyote butterflyfish and many other sightings by Okeanos deep sea ROV

Prognathodes guyotensis, the uber rare Guyote Butterflyfish is the pinnacle of a whole suite of awesome deepwater animals that have been documented over the last week. The Okeanos Explorer is an ROV expedition by NOAA that has been live-streaming its…

First Odontanthias randalli collected in South Java

Randall’s deepwater anthias first came to our attention a scant five years ago when the Original description of Odontanthias randalli was published. With that intro of the new anthias species, all we got was one lousy picture of a very colorful fish.…

Fluorescent Friday – Reef fish edition

Coral reefs are one of the most richly fluorescent ecosystems on the planet. When it comes to fluorescence, most of us reef aquarists tend to think of corals first, but many of the tropical reef fish in your tanks right…

A Mauritian gem residing in Japan

As the metonymic dust begins to settle after our whirlwind tour of Japan, it becomes increasingly clear that this country is without a doubt, the capital mecca for rare fish and all things associated. With lolita inspired fashion and crazy pop…

Brian Greene, Richard Pyle and Sonia Rowley teases with a surfeit of undescribed species from Pohnpei

To the uninitiated, the mesophotic coral reefs would seem like an unlikely place to find vibrant fish life. Antonymous to the ebullient habitat of shallow water coral gardens, the mesophotic zone is a gloomy contrast of seemingly endless dread and forlorn landscapes. Except not…

O’ don’t you love this anthias – Odontanthias unimaculatus

Odontanthias is a small genus which includes slightly over a dozen species. Members of this genus are quite unlike the slender cliché of regular anthiines, and are characterized by having rather deep body profiles and steep foreheads. Being exclusive worshippers…