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Five new pygmy sweepers

By Leonard Ho - Posted Mar 15, 2016 10:00 AM
John E. Randall and Sergey V. Borgorodsky have described five new pygmy sweeper (Parapriacanthus sp.) species. Don't feel bad if you don't know what a sweeper, let alone pygmy sweeper, is. These schooling fish rarely make it into the aquarium trade.
Five new pygmy sweepers

Unidentified, possibly Parapriacanthus punctulatus, school of pygmy sweepers at KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (D.R. King).

The paper, Preliminary review of the pempherid fish genus  Parapriacanthus of the  western Indian Ocean, with descriptions of five new species, is open access so we encourage you to read the paper to get better acquainted with pygmy sweepers.  If you're like us, you may wonder why our hobby doesn't see more tiny schooling fish like this.  Marine aquarists are seriously lacking in good schooling fish options.

Without further ado, here are the five newly described species:

Parapriacanthus darros (Seychelles, Africa)


Photo by J.E. Randall

Parapriacanthus kwazulu (KwaZulu- Natal, South Africa)


Photo by A.D. Connell

Parapriacanthus punctulatus (Mozambique, Africa)


Photo by A. Diringer

Parapriacanthus rahah (Oman)


Photo by J.E. Randall

Parapriacanthus sharm (Red Sea)


Photo by S.V. Bogorodsk

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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