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The (Greek) god of (pencil) wrasses

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jun 01, 2015 09:00 AM
Say hello to Pseudojuloides zeus, the newest described wrasse. The species is named after the Greek god, Zeus because of the fish's distinctive electric blue zig-zag pigmentation on its sides, which resemble lightning bolts.
The (Greek) god of (pencil) wrasses

Pseudojuloides zeus. (J. Hale)

Pseudojuloides zeus is described from specimens collected at Majuro (Marshall Islands) and Palau.  The gorgeous pencil wrasse is a deep-water "twilight zone" species; Several specimens have been collected at Majuro at a depth of 80-90 meters (260-300 feet) in recent years for the aquarium trade.  As divers explore more of the "twilight zone," P.zeus' distribution is likely to expand across Micronesia.

P.zeus is the second new pencil wrasse described in 2015, the other being P.polackorum.  P.zeus is an unique looking species; it most resembles P. mesostigma, its closest genetic relative, but their appearances starkly dissimilar and easily differentiated.  P.zeus is described by Benjamin Victor and Jason Edward (of Greenwich Aquaria) in the latest issue of The Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation.

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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