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A new Dwarf Angelfish species

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jun 24, 2011 12:40 PM
Reefbuilders just posted a blog about a Dwarf Angelfish that will soon be described as a new species: Centropyge deborai. C.deborai are observed and collected from deep Fiji reefs and was initially thought of as a variant to Centropyge nox. However, DNA analysis shows there is enough genetic differences to classify this fish as a new species.
A new Dwarf Angelfish species

A new Centropyge species: Centropyge deborai

Centropyge deborai will be named after Walt Smith's wife, Deborah.  Walt Smith is a familiar name for reefkeepers, having provided the aquarium industry with livestock (and live rock) collected from his operations in Fiji and Tonga since 1973.

The formal common name for this species is "Blue Velvet Angelfish," although I suspect "Fiji Blue Midnight Angelfish" may also become synonymous with this species because of Reefbuilder's attribution.


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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