Biota Palau Acquires Rare Abei Angelfish Broodstock!

The Abei Angelfish is one of the rarest and most elusive species of pygmy angelfish in the world. The very few specimens ever collected, mostly out of Australia, sold for astronomical, five-digit sums but a trio of recently collected specimens…

Palau Once Again Has the Largest Giant Clam Farm in the World

Giant clams are some of the most enigmatic creatures both on the reef, and in the aquarium. Over the years we’ve written countless stories about the multitude of species of Tridacna and Hippopus from all over the world, culminating with a visit to…

Prognathodes geminus is the Newest Species of Butterflyfish

Prognathodes geminus is the newest species of butterflyfish from a genus that haunts the abyssal depths of the oceans. Closely related to Prognathodes guezei and P. basabei, the new ‘Gemini’ butterflyfish is so named for its very close resemblance to other members…

Tosanoides annepatrice Described from Pohnpei & Palau

Tosanoides annepatrice is the newest member of this colorful deepwater genus of anthias that come hardly a week on the heels of another new inductee, Tosanoides aphrodite. But where that species was a huge surprise due to being found in…

Transport Yourself to a Natural Reef in Palau’s Rock Islands

The reef aquarium hobby has grown so much, and become so successful at growing corals, that we’ve become far removed from what natural corals and reefs look like. One the one hand it’s nice to be self-sufficient from wild harvests…

Support Clam Restoration by Watson Mariculture Palau

We’re not the biggest softies when it comes to fundraiser but today we want to share a very special cause with you. Watson Mariculture has been culturing giant clams in Palau for decades, with Thomas Watson being one of the…

Standout Acropora & SPS Corals of Palau

As a hobby that loves and appreciates live corals, all of which originate from wild coral reefs, I don’t think we are nearly in touch with what wild corals are really like. To bridge this gap we try and travel…

Three New Species of Cryptic Zoanthids

There’s a whole wide world of zoanthids that the aquarium hobby never sees, quite literally because they live in very cryptic areas, in caves, and otherwise try to blend in. The genus Antipathozoanthus is very unique because nearly species are…

Trimma hamartium, the Mistaken Pygmy Goby is the newest species from Palau

We knew it wouldn’t be long and it barely took a week into the new year for us to get a new species of nano goby to share. Trimma hamartium is the first new species of tropical marine fish of 2018…

Adopt a Coral Reef is a great gift idea

Looking for a selfless gift for someone this holiday season? The Nature Conservatory “Adopt a Coral Reef” program is a great way to help protect coral reefs and put a smile on someone’s face.  The Adopt a Coral Reef program raises…