Plectorhinchus caeruleonothus is the newest described species of sweetlips from Australia. This fish was previously only known via 'big fish tales' told by fishermen, who named the near mythical creature the Blue Bastard because it is so frustrating to catch.
Betta fish were on full display (no pun intended) at 2015's Apple Event. Maybe we'll see a surge in betta fish sales (AKA the Nemo effect).
Of all the fish we should refrain from collecting, science tells us cleaner wrasses should rank near the top of that list. Please keep them in the ocean.
Blennywatcher captures some of the most amazing reef videos. Take this one for example. It's of a pair of Ocellate Box Crabs (Calappa ocellata). The female is enraptured in the bigger male's embrace before she molts in his arms.
Plectranthias bennetti is a new, cryptic, twilight zone reef perchlet from the Coral Seas. The new species is named after Timothy Bennet, a fish collector for Cairns Marine whose specialty is deep water collection.
It is with tremendous pleasure that we announce Terry Siegel, Advanced Aquarist's very own Editor in Chief, has been awarded MASNA's 2015 Aquarist of the Year!
Scientists have developed the world's first robot designed to hunt and destroy crown-of-thorns starfish. The robot can identify coral-killers and inject them with reef-safe chemicals, killing COTS' "living tissue under calcium carbonite exoskeleton."
Florida State University researchers analyzed the genes from four generations of guppies exposed to changing environments. They discovered that these fish were able to change their gene expression with remarkable speed. However, it was the genes that responded the "wrong way" that evolved most quickly.
The 2015 International Aquatic Plant Layout Contest has concluded. We share a few of our favorites along with a link to photos of the top aquascapes judged this year. We suggest you wear a bib before viewing these photos.
What big arms you have! Leucothoe eltoni is a new crustacean species from Raja Ampat, Indonesia. The tunicate-dwelling amphipod's most striking feature is its massive front appendage. It's also now invasive in Hawaii. It was named after Elton John because, well, the scientist who discovered it simply loves Elton John.
Every successful reefkeeper inevitably becomes a coral farmer, so the demand for better fragging equipment certainly exists. Innovative Marine has developed three new frag racks - called AUQA Gadget ReefRacks - to aid propagation.
How does a tropical female mosquitofish let horny, unwanted suitors know she isn't interested in sex? The females grow differently sized and shaped genitalia!
Chambered nautilus are infrequently seen, but Allonautilus scrobiculatus is an especially rare species which has not been seen for over 30 years. Biologist Peter Ward sighted and photographed this supremely rare reef creature at Papua New Guinea.
This is Frank's absolutely incredible reef tank in glorious low def. Important Public Service Announcement: Always shoot videos horizontal. An adorable baby polar bear goes blind every time someone shoots a vertical video.
Going back to Cali ... Next year's Marine Aquarium Conference of North America will FINALLY return to the West Coast for the first time in nearly two decades!