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Paracheilinus piscilineatus lands in the USA for the first time

By Leonard Ho - Posted May 02, 2011 02:50 PM
The collection and distribution of Mauritius fishes is in full swing. Mauritius is the latest frontier for rare fishes making their way into the aquarium trade. Until now, most Mauritius fishes were shipped to Asia. This is the first P.piscilineatus to land in the United States.
Paracheilinus piscilineatus lands in the USA for the first time

Paracheilinus piscilineatus at Diamonds of the Reef, NJ

Mauritius is a small island nation in the Indian Ocean in close proximity to Madasgascar.  Due to its distance from the United States, few Mauritius fishes make their way State-side (especially when the Asian market usually commands higher market prices).  Mauritius is home to many fish species (some endemic) which are rarely seen in the aquarium hobby.  Only recently have Mauritius fishes become accessible.

Randy Donowitz reports at Reefs.com on the first shipment of Paracheilinus piscilineatus to hit the US aquarium trade.  Diamonds of the Reef obtained a pair over the weekend.  The photos are a bit blurry, but you get the idea for the beauty of this species.  As a rare fishes fan (and an even bigger wrasse fan), I hope we see more shipments come this way.

male
male

female
female

On a related topic, I have not forgotten about my Cirrhilabrus earlei write-up which I promised a while ago in my C.rhomboidalis post.


via: http://www.reefs.com/blog/2011/05/01/mauritian-flasher-wrasse-lands-in-u-s-for-first-time/


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.

Website: http://www.advancedaquarist.com.

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