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The Candy-stripped Cave Basslet

By Leonard Ho - Posted May 24, 2011 02:00 AM
Blue Harbor's blog just posted some photos of the rare and drop-dead gorgeous Tosanoides flavofasciatus. T.flavofasciatus are found in the Izu region of central Japan at depths greater then 50 meters (160 feet). This is more of a subtropical species, but its beauty rivals or exceeds any tropical fish. T.flavofasciatus are indescribably colorful - almost to the point of glowing (like Caribbean Liopropoma carmabi basslets).
The Candy-stripped Cave Basslet

Tasanoides flavofasciatus (male). Photo by Blue Harbor

Tosanoides flavofasciatus has never been available outside of Asia (and even in Asia, it is extremely rare).   Unless you live in Japan, I very much doubt hobbyist will see one come their way any time soon.  For now, we can enjoy these photos.

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.


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