You may be aware of the electric light shows that some flame scallops put on. But until now, scientists didn't know how these bivalves created these brilliant visual extravaganzas (no, it's not bioluminescence as many believed) or why they did it.
"Why am I looking at two mugshots on Advanced Aquarist?" you might ask. These two Rhodes Scholars stole a FedEx package from their neighbors porch. When they found out they had stolen live fishes, they did what any sensible person would do: flush the fishes down the toilet.
Meet the newest formally described cichlid, Geophagus mirabilis. This lovely cichlid is thus far only known from central South America (rio Aripuanã drainage to be exact). This isolated location has been a hotspot for numerous endemic tropical fish discoveries over the past few decades.
Found by Brian Walker, a scientist from Nova Southeastern University's Oceanographic Center, the newly-discovered 38+ acres of rare staghorn corals give scientists new hope for the species.
Of all the things we might learn from mantis shrimps, the last thing we'd expect is how their lifelong monogamy might shed light on why a few rare species (including humans) choose "boring" monogamous relationships.
We love to see people who love their fish so much they're willing to spend upwards of 100x the purchase price of the fish to save their pet. A British fishkeeper spent £300 (~$450 USD) to give his little buddy life-saving surgery.
Here are 2014's most popular Advanced Aquarist magazine articles. Clownfish, amino acids, hi-tech planted aquariums, LEDs' photosynthetic effect on corals, and mythbusting ... we ran the gamut this year. We can't wait to see what 2015 has in store! Happy New Year everyone!
Time sure flies, doesn't it? Another year has come and gone. We look back on 2014's most popular blog posts, which includes amazing aquascapes, must-see videos, fish surgery, outrageous aquariums, and one absurdly cute octopus.
Sea turtles are the epitome of cool. Frans De Backer shoots (in stunning 4K high definition) this video of a critically endangered Hawksbill Turle sharing a meal with a Pomacanthus paru angelfish. The holiday spirit is alive and well in the tropics!
Enjoy this absolutely precious animated short! We'll be back on the 29th. Happy Holidays everyone!
When Ned DeLoach isn't helping scientists discover new reef life species, he's usually out taking some of the most amazing undersea photography. It's Christmas Eve, and I'm sure nobody wants to do any serious reading so feast on this eye ccandy.
From its expeditions to Africa and Madagascar to the Philippines, CAS has contributed 221 new species to the catalog of life in 2014. Ants to spiders, fish to corals, worms to barnacles; our planet revealed a little bit more of itself to us thanks to CAS' team of dedicated scientists. Bravo!
A recently published research paper quantifies the many important ecological roles of Tridacna and Hippopus spp. clams. They serve as nature's buffet, filters, engineers, and homes. Beauty and purpose; we don't sing enough praises for these under-appreciated bivalves!
Researchers from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and the University of Sunshine Coast (Australia) are attempting to replicate a new-found scent emitted by Giant Triton snails that scares the bejeezus out of Crown-of-Thorns Starfish (AKA COTS AKA SPS Mass Murderer) in hopes of curbing their killing spree. Giant Tritons are natural starfish predators, and it turns out COTS can smell them and are terrified of the scent.
Oh, the crazy things you find on eBay! At least 2,000, if not closer to 3,000 D&D Marine Enterprises protein skimmers acquired via a company bankruptcy are up for sale for $16,000. Apparently there's too many units for the seller to physically count.