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Fimbriaphyllia versus EuphylliaNew Icon (02/20/19)
The stony coral family Euphylliidae has undergone some dramatic shifts in recent years. Charles Veron, author of the seminal Corals Of The World, established this family back in 2000 for a handful of corals that aquarists will be very familiar with.
Half-barred Goby (Priolepis semidoliata)New Icon (02/13/19)
The Half-barred Goby might not seem like much at first glance, but this little goby hides an interesting trick up its sleeve (fin?).
Asfur Angelfish (Pomacanthus asfur)New Icon (02/06/19)
The Asfur Angelfish (Pomacanthus asfur) is a species mired in confusion, Aquarists, divers, and sometimes even scientists struggle to correctly recognize it, which naturally invites the question what is an Asfur?
Scoly (Homophyllia australis)New Icon (01/30/19)
For the past decade or so, one of the most dominant corals in the aquarium trade has been a colorful, circular species known far and wide as the scoly. Specimens come in a bewildering array of colors.
Kiri Triggerfish (Xanthichthys greenei)New Icon (01/23/19)
Triggerfishes are large, charismatic (and tasty) members of coral reef ecosystems. They tend to get noticed by divers, researchers, and fishermen and are usually quite easily collected, which is why most species from this family were discovered and...
Blue-nose Pencil Wrasse (Pseudojuloides kaleidos) (01/16/19)
There was a time not that long ago when there was just a single species of Pencil Wrasse known from coral reef ecosystems.
Saddleback Clownfish (Amphiprion polymnus) (01/09/19)
We tend to think of clownfishes as a characteristic part of coral reefs, and, of course this is largely true, but there are also a few species from the genus Amphiprion which have gravitated towards a very different sort of ecological specialization.
Acans (Micromussa lordhowensis) (01/02/19)
The pillowy little polyps of the Acan or Lords Coral are one of the most common and colorful sights in fish stores, but, thanks to a recent change in nomenclature, this coral is now woefully misnamed.
Bearded Filefish (Anacanthus barbatus) (12/26/18)
The filefish family is filled with no shortage of strange species. Compared to their close cousins, the triggerfishes, monacanthids are far more variable in their morphology.
Orange Lined Wrasse (Stethojulis balteata) (12/19/18)
Stethojulis wrasses, sometimes known as Ribbon Wrasses, are not a common site in the aquarium trade, despite being a fairly diverse and common genus thats found all across the Indo-Pacific.