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Parts of Great Barrier Reef in serious trouble

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2016 has proven to be one of the worst years for corals on large parts of the GBR. Mass bleaching has killed 35% of corals in the northern and central GBR, and it's not over. It will take the GBR decades to recover assuming conditions don't get worse in coming years. The good news is the southern portion of the GBR are showing more resilience.

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Cirrhilabrus isosceles, a new fairy wrasse

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Cirrhilabrus isosceles is a newly described species and the 52nd member of fairy wrasses. Its current known natural range is from northern Philippines to Ryukyu Archipelago (Japan), occurring at a depth of 24-60 meters.

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Whole Foods to sell lionfish meat

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USA supermarket Whole Foods will be the first major chain to sell fresh lionfish. Whole Foods will roll out availability to 26 of its Florida stores on June 1, 2016. If all goes well (and we hope it does), we may see broader availability in the future.

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Prickly Peter Pans: Sea urchins do not "age"

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Researchers have discovered something remarkable about sea urchins: they experience negligible senescence (biological aging). A 100 year old sea urchin is as spry as a newborn.

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ADA 90p Aquascape: "Running Up That Hill"

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BD Aquascaping published a video showing the entire set-up process of "Running Up That Hill." The process itself really is as beautiful as the finished product and should serve as a great inspiration to expand your aquascaping techniques.

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Genital size doesn't matter -- for fish

By Australian National University on May 24, 2016 at 09:00 AM

Big isn't always better when it comes to the size of male genitals, according to new research. Scientists found when it comes to fish, females don't find males with big genitals any more attractive than those with normal or smaller genitals.

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Amazing short film starring reef fluorescence

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'WEATHER – a Coral Nightmare' is a (strangely titled) short film shot and produced by Reef Patrol that showcases the spectacular biofluorescence of reef life on a macro scale. The footage is some the very best we've seen.

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Baby fish less stressed with big predators nearby

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It's a fish eat fish world. Research has found that small, baby fish are less stressed when there are big predators around. Large predators prey on smaller predators (referred to as mesopredators) who prey on smaller fish, so having these big guys is comforting for the small guys.

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Watch 4K reef videos, help fund reef research

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Research doesn't come cheap. In an effort to fund his research, Dr. Tim Wijgerde (a regular Advanced Aquarist contributor) is publishing ultra HD videos showcasing reef life. By simply watching (and sharing) these videos, you support reef research.

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Meet the Bulbonaricus pipefish!

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Here is a fish we bet you've never seen in real life. Ned DeLoach of blennywatcher.com photographed this tiny pipefish (size of a toothpick!) weaving its way in between coralites of a Galaxea coral. Oh, and blennywatcher has a shiny, new, awesome website you should check out!

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A beautiful mess

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Contrary to minimalist Iwagumi aquascapes or the lush, manicured Dutch aquascapes, jungle and nature aquascapes - like this tank - may not look as prim and proper. And that's precisely the point.

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Nine new goby species and four new genera

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Thanks to advances in submersible technology, recent exploration of mesophotic (AKA twilight zone) Caribbean reefs have yielded nine new deep-water goby species and a reclassification of the Nes subgroup of gobies.

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Drunk men suspected of killing rare fish. $15K reward offered.

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Three men may have killed one of the world's rarest fish, the Devil’s Hole Pupfish. This fish exists in no place else except Devil's Hole, a secluded hot springs in Death Valley National Park, NV. The National Parks Service has increased the reward to $15,000 for information leading to these men's arrest and conviction.

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Blue ram cichlid 6 feet aquascape

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Blue rams pack a lot of personality and color into their diminutive form. When you add a few dozen into a big, elegant 6 feet (2 meter) aquascape, the result is this pretty darn impressive exhibit.

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Feature Article: The Great Hawaiian Coral Bleaching Event of 2015: The Untold Story

By Dana Riddle on May 11, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Dana Riddle reports about Hawaii's highly publicized 2015 mass coral bleaching event, its (unreported) recovery, and the science behind these phenomenons.

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