Scientists with Conservation International (including Gerald R Allen) have discovered nine potentially new reef species comprising of eight fishes and one coral species. The new discoveries include a Pseudochromis, a Garden Eel, Cardinalfishes, Blennies, and a new species of Euphyllia sp. (described as a "Bubble coral," but this genus is known to hobbyists as Torch/Hammer corals).
If you have $8999.00 and $7999.00 to spare, you can be the proud owner of an ultra rare Liopropoma aberrans and Jeboehlkia gladifer (respectively). No, the prices aren't typos. These fishes are so rare that not only have they never been available for sale in the aquarium trade, but until recently, no photographs of these species even existed!
These popular Baja Californian reef fishes will make their way back into the market in the near future. Eastern Pacific species are seasonally available in limited quantities; For those counting down the days to purchase any of these species, the wait is almost over.
Steinhart Aquarium staff are currently in the Philippines surveying the reefs that serve as inspiration for the 212,000 gallon Philippine Coral Reef exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. The most surprising part of the expedition so far--a coral spawning event on the first night dive.
Join oceanographer John Delaney for his 20 minute TED video where he describes the work that he's doing to build a high-definition underwater camera/sensor network that will significantly increase our understanding of this unique world.
Practical Fishkeeping is featuring Stuart Bertram's aquarium in their June 2011 issue. His reef is a sight to behold and we have videos to prove it.
Hobbyists are about to see - and have the opportunity to own- some rare deep water fishes currently being collected from the reefs of Baja California ('Sea of Cortez'). The Splittail Bass, Hemanthias peruanus, is one of the rare gems that will make its way into captivity, perhaps for the first time ever.
As if flatworm infestations of our aquariums weren't hard enough to erradicate, scientists now know that flatworms can regenerate from a single adult cell.
Scientists have cracked the genome of Lyngbya majuscula, a tropical filamentous cyanobacteria. This finding could pave the way to treatments for neurodegenerative diseases and cancer ... and perhaps even a treatment for cyanobacteria blooms.
Located in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Berlin, Germay, the AquaDom is the world's largest cylindrical aquarium and to top it off it also has an elevator that goes through the center of it!
Feature Article: Disturbance-Facilitated Coexistence of Sessile Organisms in Space-Limited Environments: A Review of Works in Ecological Disturbance Theory
It is now widely accepted among theoretical ecologists that periodic, severe, localized environmental disruption can increase biological diversity. However, many of the processes by which this takes place are not yet fully understood. Ongoing research in this area will continue to be of particular benefit to government fisheries resource managers as well as producers of sessile marine fauna.
An article in New Scientist (published May 10, 2011 by Wendy Zukerman) titled "Fighting ocean acidification the fish tank way" naturally piqued my interest. The short article raised an interesting concept: fighting ocean acidification with lime.
Come join us at the Midwest Marine Conference 2011 this November in Bloomfield Hills, MI!
Reef fishes start their lives as free-floating (pelagic) eggs and larvae, drifting and swimming the open ocean before maturing into adults and settling on their own little patch of reef. Some species spend more time in this stage than others, and scientists have long theorized the more time a species spends in egg/larvae stage, the more likely they are to reach greater distances. However, past studies have failed to link the duration of pelagic stage with geographic coverage. A new research has discovered why.
AmericanReef's Russ Kikel visits Penn State's Dr. Sanjay Joshi at his home in central Pennsylvania to continue talking about Sanjay's 500-gallon reef aquarium. Part 2 of 2.