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By admin - Posted Oct 26, 2009 09:10 PM

A new deep-sea jawfish

A new deep-sea jawfish

Opistognathus schrieri, holotype, UF 185355, male, 48.0 mm SL, fresh (immediate postmortem), off Curaçao (Z.S. Randall)

Opistognathus schrieri is a new Caribbean species of jawfish currently only known from Curaçao. Specimens were collected from sand beds at the crushing depth of about 152 m (500 ft).

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When neighbors don't get along

A poor blue-spotted jawfish is just trying to remodel his house, but a punk diamond goby doesn't approve of the construction. A little clownfish bears witness to an epic sand fight.

New vermetid snail found in Florida may have originated from the Pacific

New vermetid snail found in Florida may have originated from the Pacific

The new worm snail species is on its shipwreck home, with the mucus web it uses to trap food. The worm snail shell appears in this image as a blue-ish tube at the center of the photo; the mucus web is behind it. Credit: © Rüdiger Bieler, The Field Museum

Thylacodes vandyensis is a newly described species of vermetid snail that was found on a Floridian shipwreck. Vermetids are worm-like snails that cast mucus nets. They are often found warm Indo-Pacific reefs and are regularly aquarium pests hitchhiked on live rock. Now they may pose an invasive problem in the Atlantic.

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A new Cory!

A new Cory!

Aspidoras kiriri

Technically a new Corydoradinae, not Corydoras: Aspidoras kiriri is a new species of armored catfish that is found in small streams of the Atlantic Forest, Southeast Brazil (not the Amazon).

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A new Amazonian pleco

A new Amazonian pleco

Aphanotorulus rubrocauda

Aphanotorulus rubrocauda is a new Loricariid species from the Amazon River, Brazil. Its most prominent feature is its strikingly long, forked, red caudal fin — hence its latin name rubro (red) + cauda (tail).

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Innovative Marine launches NUVO Peninsula series

Innovative Marine launches NUVO Peninsula series

The IM NUVO Peninsula 20 on a kitchen countertop.

IM's new NUVO Peninsula all-in-one (AIO) aquarium systems place the filter compartment on one of the far sides of the long aquarium to allow placements where other AIOs would not be suited for. The Peninsula series features all the bells and whistles that IM AIOs are known for.

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Using the world's most powerful x-ray on coral skeletons

Like tree rings and ice cores can tell us a lot about the history of the physical world, studying coral skeletons using powerful x-rays can reveal an impressive amount of information. Did you know stony corals absorb less strontium when it is warmer?

Mantaray Island, Fiji, is a magical place

Many reefkeepers have never had the chance to visit the exotic reefs some of their fish and corals come from. We hope everyone reading this has the opportunity some day. Mantaray Island in Fiji is a poster-child for a healthy coral reef in all its splendor.

Visit Mantary Island's official website for more information about their coral reefs

Bobbit worms really are the stuff of nightmares

Bobbit worms (Eunice aphroditois) are about as terrifying a worm as you'll ever see. These predatory worms can grow to scary length - over 2 meters/6 feet - and pack toxins to immobilize their prey. And yes, they've been known to hitchhike on live rock.

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Google really understands perks

Google really understands perks

Google knows what's up

Google is famous for fostering the ideal work-space to motivate their employees. As if free gourmet food, massages, a gaming room, nap pods, and a state-of-the-art gym aren't enough, the employees of Google Munich get to relax in this room.

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A new Australian hard coral

A new Australian hard coral

Not a particularly colorful morph of the new species, Cyphastrea salae.

Scientists have discovered a new species of Cyphastrea coral (AKA "Meteor Shower Coral") at Lord Howe Island, a small, isolated island off the Great Barrier Reef. While it looks like most other Cyphastrea (species within this genus really look similar), genetic analysis reveals it is unique.

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Sea urchin spines could fix bones

Sea urchin spines could fix bones

Scientists have developed a bone grafting material made out of sea urchin spines.

More than 2 million procedures every year take place around the world to heal bone fractures and defects from trauma or disease, making bone the second most commonly transplanted tissue after blood. To help improve the outcomes of these surgeries, scientists have developed a new grafting material from sea urchin spines.

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A new crazy crayfish!

A new crazy crayfish!

Cherax warsamsonicus, male.

This is Cherax warsamsonicus, the newest described tropical crayfish species, and it is the hotness. C. warsamsonicus is found in West Papua, Indonesia.

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A new Japanese freshwater goby

A new Japanese freshwater goby

Rhinogobius mizunoi

Rhinogobius mizunoi is a new species of goby from the mountain torrents of freshwater streams in Japan (western Hokkaido southward to southern Kyushu) and Cheju Island, Korea.

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The Pacific leaping blenny is a weird, gifted reef fish

The Pacific leaping blenny is a weird, gifted reef fish

Just two blennies sunbathing. These fish like being out of their element. Photo by Patti (C.C.)

Like mudskippers, coral reefs also have other amphibious fish that spend part of their lives out of the water. Leaping blennies of the South Pacific emerge out of the sea to hop around the rocky shores.

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