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

A new and very gold fish

A new and very gold fish

Pethia sahit

Dear Carassius auratus, with all due respect, I think I might deserve your common name more than you do. Sincerely, Pethia sahit

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A new reef micro shrimp named after a hobbit

A new reef micro shrimp named after a hobbit

Odontonia bagginsi sp. n

This chubby lil' guy is named Odontonia bagginsi. These shrimps live inside sea squirts and are currently only known from the coral reefs of Tidore, Indonesia.

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Sea urchins see with their feet

Sea urchins see with their feet

The many tube feets of tuxedo urchins are multi-purpose. They're used to move ... AND SEE!

Sea urchins lack eyes, but can see with their tentacle-like tube feet instead, previous research has indicated. Now, researchers at Lund University in Sweden have tested their vision in a new study, and shown that while sea urchins have fairly low resolution vision -- it is good enough to fulfil their basic needs.

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Time lapse of Acropora growth

Even fast-growing corals such as SPS only lay down millimeters of growth per day. The only way to see their growth "in action" is many weeks of photography stitched together in a time-lapse. Peter Kragh has done exactly this and shares his results.

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A new invention safely brings deep-water fishes to surface

A new invention safely brings deep-water fishes to surface

Fishes collected in the twilight zone. © 2015 California Academy of Sciences Bart Shepherd inserts the collection jar into the chamber housing. © 2015 California Academy of Sciences

Fishes collected from deep waters require time-consuming decompression to bring them to the surface healthy and alive. Now a new invention called SubCAS - designed and first built by Matt Wandell! - allows divers to to safely and efficiently surface fishes within a pressurized chamber.

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An Amazon Aquarium at Amazon.com

An Amazon Aquarium at Amazon.com

Amazon.com Spheres Building Aquarium by Tenji

With the support of the world's largest ecommerce website, aquarium systems designer Tenji Aquarium has built some of the world's most remarkable aquatic exhibits we've laid eyes on.

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The BIOTOPE AQUARIUM Project

The BIOTOPE AQUARIUM Project aims to create the first multilingual interactive mobile app to help aquarists recreate habitats as close to nature as possible.

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The ultimate vacation destination for reef lovers?

The ultimate vacation destination for reef lovers?

A bedroom with a view like no other!

How would you like to vacation in the Maldives ... living UNDERWATER with the corals and reef fishes? This dream vacation can be yours for the reasonable cost of only $50,000. PER NIGHT.

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The blue-throated fairy wrasse: a new species

The blue-throated fairy wrasse: a new species

Cirrhilabrus cyanogularis, aquarium specimen from Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photo by K. Endoh.

At a cursory glance, we tend to lump similar-looking reef fish into a monolithic species and chalk up differences as variants. But upon closer examination, we are finding sufficient distinction to satisfy the description of a new species. Cirrhilabrus cyanogularis is a case in point.

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Schooling fish expend less energy due to flow dynamics

Schooling fish expend less energy due to flow dynamics

A school of Bluestripe snappers. Photo by Jim and Becca Wicks

We all know fish school for defense against predators. Schooling also enhances foraging success and increases success in finding a mate. Now new advanced hydrodynamic modeling proves that schooling also increases swimming efficiency.

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Hypnotizing coral time-lapse

Technology is awesome! It is allowing us to view corals in ways we could not have imagined just a couple of decades ago. After over 50 hours of shooting and editing, Elite Reef Denver composed this mesmerizing time-lapse of some of the most popular corals.

New fun fact: Corals can produce omega-3 fatty acids

The generally held principle is that animals get their omega-3 fatty acids from plants and microbes (algae and bacteria), but new research has found that some marine animals such as corals, worms, and molluscs can also produce omega-3!

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A new, slender Aussie rainbow fish species

A new, slender Aussie rainbow fish species

Cairnsichthys bitaeniatus sp. nov

Cairnsichthys bitaeniatus is a new species of rainbowfish described from an apparently-isolated population in the Daintree rainforest in northeastern Queensland, Australia.

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Microbe populations in saltwater aquariums highly dynamic

Microbe populations in saltwater aquariums highly dynamic

Georgia Aquarium's massive Ocean Voyager exhibit - as big as it is - is still an aquarium.

In closed systems without water changes, scientists hypothesized that microbial composition would stabilize and become relatively homogeneous and static. However, a new, first-of-its-kind 14-month study of Gerogia Aquarium's Ocean Voyager exhibit tells a different story.

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Hermit crabs that blanket themselves with anemones instead of shells

Hermit crabs that blanket themselves with anemones instead of shells

Paguropsis confusa (left) andPaguropsis andersoni

Just about every hermit crab species seeks mobile shelter within empty shells. Not blanket-hermit crabs. These oddball crustaceans have developed a special relationship with anemones where anemeones directly wrap around their bodies like ... well, blankets. Five new species - discovered in 1888! - have just been described.

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