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Sebae Clownfish (Amphiprion sebae)New Icon (04/10/19)
Amphiprion sebae is one of the most distinctive species of clownfish, and yet its also one of the most frequently misidentified. A quick Google search of its scientific name reveals that this fish is regularly mistaken for some of its relatives.
Dragon Moray (Enchelycore pardalis)New Icon (04/03/19)
With the final season of Game of Thrones about to premier, now is a good time to get excited about dragons. But its always a good time to be excited about Enchelycore pardalis, the Dragon Moray.
Checkered Snapper (Lutjanus decussatus)New Icon (03/27/19)
Snappers are a ubiquitous sight on coral reefs, but relatively few species from this family ever make their way into the aquarium trade.
Coral Catfish (Plotosus lineatus)New Icon (03/20/19)
Catfish arent exactly the sort of thing one might expect to find on a coral reef. The group is well-known from rivers, lakes, and swamps, but theres also a small number of species (out of the 3,000 or so in the order Siluriformes) which occur in...
Ceriantharia: More Than Just A Tube (03/13/19)
The humble tube anemone is a deceptive creature. Given its overall appearance, one could easily mistake a specimen as being just another sort of sea anemone.
Hoplolatilus Tilefish (03/06/19)
Tilefish are brilliantly colored with an active temperament and the inclination to play in the substrate. Most aquarium species are burrowers, digging a home out from under rocks to use as cover from predators and a safe haven for sleeping.
Pacific Crown Toby (Canthigaster axiologus) (02/26/19)
Up until 2008, the Crown Toby was generally considered to be a widespread species found all across the Indo-Pacific, from the Red Sea to Hawaii and Tahiti and everywhere in-between.
Half-barred Goby (Priolepis semidoliata) (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) (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) (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) (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.
Reticulated Pufferfish (Arothron reticularis) (12/12/18)
Despite their large size and prominent color patterns, the dogface pufferfishes are some of the most frequently confused and misidentified fishes found in the tropical Indo-Pacific.
Japanese Spider Crab (Naxioides robillardi) (12/05/18)
Spider crabs are a highly diverse group with somewhere around 800 known species; however, few aquarists pay them much attention.
Daisy Coral (Alveopora spp.) (11/28/18)
Goniopora and Alveopora are a pair of similarly shaped stony corals that aquarists often confuse for one another.
Bluespotted Tuskfish (Choerodon cauteroma) (11/14/18)
Tuskfishes belong to the wrasse family Labridae and, along with the closely related hogfishes, represent the earliest branch to diverge within this enormously speciose group.
White Fangblenny (Meiacanthus smithi) (11/07/18)
For some fishes, elegance comes naturally. Such is the case with Meiacanthus smithi, a beautiful creature of unblemished alabaster, marked only with a daring black streak that runs along its dorsal fin.
Personifer Angelfish (Chaetodontoplus personifer) (10/31/18)
The beautiful black and yellow Personifer Angelfish (Chaetodontoplus personifer) is an impressive centerpiece for any rare fish collectors aquarium.
Joculator Angelfish (Centropyge joculator) (10/22/18)
Aquarium rarity comes in many different flavors. Some fishes are only found at great depth others are naturally in low abundance on the reef
Green Canary Blenny (Meiacanthus tongaensis) (10/17/18)
Tonga is home to a number of reef species found nowhere else, and Quality Marine is able to offer several of these through our exclusive local supplier.
Tongan Blue Devil Damselfish (Chrysiptera taupou) (10/10/18)
The Blue Damselfish (Chrysiptera cyanea) is one of the most commonly exported species for the aquarium trade and is quite often recommended to novice marine aquarists as a starter fish.
Tuamotu or Zebrastripe Hawkfish (Paracirrhites nisus) (10/03/18)
Lurking within the hawkfish genus Paracirrhites is one of the more intriguing mysteries among Indo-Pacific reef fishes.
Joculator Angelfish (Centropyge joculator) (10/02/18)
Aquarium rarity comes in many different flavors. Some fishes are only found at great depth... others are naturally in low abundance on the reef
Barspot Cardinalfish (Apogon retrosella) (09/26/18)
For a true cardinalfish experience, aquarists might wish to consider the beautiful red species in the nocturnal genus Apogon.
Dr. Seuss Fish (Belonoperca pylei) (09/19/18)
The evocatively named Dr Seuss Soapfish is definitely high in the rankings when it comes to strange reef fishes.
Guineafowl or Golden Pufferfish (Arothron meleagris) (09/12/18)
The Guineafowl Pufferfish may very well be the perfect pufferfish for a large marine aquarium. The species grows large, but not TOO large
Clarion Angelfish (Holacanthus clarionensis) (09/05/18)
Aquarists have been describing certain species as holy grails for as long as theyve been keeping fishes in little glass boxes, and high on this illustrious list is Mexicos visually stunning and exceedingly rare Clarion Angelfish.
The Flame Tail Blenny (Enchelyurus flavipes) (08/29/18)
The Flame Tail Blenny, Enchelyurus flavipes, is another affordable, yet attractive, option for a marine aquarium.
Arrowhead Soapfish (Belonoperca chabanaudi) (08/21/18)
The muted colors and secretive habits of the Arrowhead Soapfish make it a phantom of the Indo-Pacific, a rarely seen specter haunting the regions darkest corners.
Polynesian Atavai Wrasse (Pseudojuloides atavai) (08/14/18)
In Polynesian, atavai translates as pretty, which seems quite fitting for this beautifully colored member of the pencil wrasse genus Pseudojuloides.
Gold Flake Wrasse (Labropsis polynesica) (08/08/18)
Polynesia is a remote corner of the Central Pacific that is home to many illustrious coral reef fishes found nowhere else. The list of aquarium highlights goes on and on and one deserving species is a stunning gold-flecked labrid which few aquarists...
Japanese Kelpfish (Pseudoblennius marmoratus) (08/01/18)
When is a blenny not a blenny when its a kelpfish or, perhaps a bit more accurately, a sculpin. Pseudoblennius, despite its blenny-like nomenclature, actually belongs to the family Cottidae
Yellowfin Surgeonfish (Acanthurus xanthopterus) (07/25/18)
Among surgeonfishes, Acanthurus xanthopterus is a giant. The average size of this species is upwards of a foot and a half! The largest specimens easily exceed two feet!
Lunula Triggerfish (Rhinecanthus lunula) (07/17/18)
Like the Conspicuous Angelfish (Chaetodontoplus conspicillatus) and the Femininus Wrasse (Anampses femininus), the legendary Lunula Triggerfish is found only in the South Pacific, making it quite the rarity within the aquarium trade.
Goldenback Triggerfish (Xanthichthys caeruleolineatus) (07/10/18)
Xanthichthys triggerfishes are the cream of the balistid crop, but few aquarists have had the pleasure of keeping the elusive species in todays spotlight.
Trachyphyllia geoffroyi (07/04/18)
Trachyphyllia is beautiful and unique among Indo-Pacific stony corals, and worthy of a bit of discussion. As far as common names go, this genus is often regarded as one of the open brains.
White Cap Clownfish (Amphiprion leucokranos) (06/26/18)
The coral reefs of New Guinea and the Solomon Islands sit in an interesting part of the Pacific Ocean, as far as clownfishes are concerned.
Lunate Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus lunatus) (06/18/18)
Fairy wrasses are one of the most diverse groups of wrasses and also among the most colorful.
Lieutenant Tang (Acanthurus tennentii) (06/11/18)
The Lieutenant Tang (Acanthurus tennentii) is named for its distinctive pair of black stripes, which recalls the pair of stars or stripes worn by military officers of that rank.
Ventralis Anthias (Pseudanthias ventralis) (06/04/18)
The Ventralis Anthias is about as beautiful and desirable a fish as youll find for a reef aquarium, but one whose many mysteries have not yet been revealed in full.
Yellow Flanked Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus cyanopleura) (05/30/18)
Among fairy wrasses, Cirrhilabrus cyanopleura is one of the most commonly seen and affordable options. The species occurs across much of the West Pacific, from Japan to Australia and the Solomon Islands.
One Spot Foxface (Siganus unimaculatus) (05/21/18)
The Foxface Rabbitfish is sometimes taken for granted, perhaps overlooked a bit. Its an attractive, hearty, and useful aquarium fish thats just as at home in an SPS reef tank as it is in an aggressive fish-only.
Dracula Shrimpgoby (Stonogobius dracula) (05/08/18)
The origins of this fishs supernatural sobriquet is quite the tale to tell.
Leopard Searobin (Prionotus scitulus) (05/01/18)
Searobins are an intriguing group of fishes which seemingly combine the fanlike pectoral fins of a Flying Gurnard (Dactylopterus) with the bizarre fingerlike fin rays of a Sea Goblin (Inimicus) and the body of a Scorpionfish (Scorpaena).
Griffis Angelfish (Apolemichthys griffisi) (04/24/18)
Out on the remote reefs of the Central Pacific lurks one of the most peculiarly patterned and rarely seen of the larger angelfishes: Apolemichthys griffisi.