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Little Frogfish “Rediscovered” After More Than a Century

Little Frogfish “Rediscovered” After More Than a Century

Fish, Lazarus Species, New Species November 14, 2017 at 12:12 pm

While only four individuals of this fish has been reported since first described, this small frogfish has actually been hiding in plain sight all along, with countless photographs posted on the internet.   The rarity of Nudiantennarius was really nothing more than a case of mistaken identity.  As it turns out, N. subteres is identical to a fish that divers have been photographing across the Coral Triangle for years. It has been referred to variously as the Ocellated Frogfish or the Lembeh Frogfish, after the Lembeh Straits, where the species is particularly abundant.   Authors reexamined the 1909 specimen, along with a handful of others that matched up withRead More

Another deep-water sandperch first discovered for sale in an aquarium market

Another deep-water sandperch first discovered for sale in an aquarium market

Fish, New Species November 9, 2017 at 11:58 am

This fish, with its unique dorsal fin was first spotted in captivity in 2016, a specimen purchased from a local aquarium in Belgium.  The new species of pygmy sandperch was discovered on deep rubble zones at Cebu, Philippines.  Other species of sandperch from the Philippines have been described recently, which were also found first in markets (see Five New Colorful Species of Sandperch, Sept 2017) .  

Five Colorful New Species of Sandperch

Five Colorful New Species of Sandperch

Fish, New Species September 29, 2017 at 8:53 am

The Parapercis sandperches are one of the most highly diverse groups of reef-associated fishes, with roughly 81 species having been recorded (and many more yet waiting scientific description). Now, we can add another five species to the list.  Two of the species fish were found in markets.

Stunning new reef fish found at market

Stunning new reef fish found at market

Fish, New Species, Species Discovery September 29, 2017 at 8:12 am

Sacura sanguinea is a newly described species of anthias with some of the most vibrant colors and dramatic patterning ever seen in a reef fish.  The holotype specimen was purchased from trawler fishermen at a market near the Adaman Sea in Thailand.

A new genus of slopefish, discovered in a fish market, and photographed during a coelocanth survey.

A new genus of slopefish, discovered in a fish market, and photographed during a coelocanth survey.

Fish, New Species June 16, 2017 at 4:20 pm

An entirely new genus is described from the mesophotic reefs of Indonesia, just the second genus to join the slopefish family.  Cymatognathus aureolateralis, the Wavy Jaw Slopefish, was discovered by chance at a local fish market in Northern Sulawesi, where it had been collected as bycatch. Our only glimpse at this fish in life comes courtesy of a single, tantalizing image captured at a depth of 200 meters as part of a coelacanth survey.  

Another new blue-spotted maskray, a new species identified from a single nucleotide polymorphism

Another new blue-spotted maskray, a new species identified from a single nucleotide polymorphism

Fish, New Species April 10, 2017 at 11:38 am

A new blue-spotted maskray from the Solomon archipelago, identified via DNA barcoding.  This specimen was obtained from a fish market, Guadalcanal Island.  See also Status of the bluespotted maskray complex with the description of three new species (April 2016).

A large colorful species of sardine, discovered in west India fish markets.

A large colorful species of sardine, discovered in west India fish markets.

Fish, New Species, Species Discovery April 6, 2017 at 10:33 am

The new species, Amblygaster indiana sp. nov., is described from 12 specimens collected from fish landing centers and fish markets at Eraviputhenthurai, west coast of India.

A colorful new crayfish from Indonesia, known already in the commercial pet trade

A colorful new crayfish from Indonesia, known already in the commercial pet trade

Crustaceans, New Species March 13, 2017 at 4:20 pm

The new species may be endemic to the Warsamson River in West Papua, Indonesia.  It is collected and exported for ornamental purposes and its commercial name in the pet trade is Cherax “irian jaya”, Cherax “pink coral”, or Cherax “hoa creek“. Due to similar coloration it is often confused with the recently described Cherax pulcher Lukhaup, 2015.

New Turtle Species, Found Sold as Food in Thailand Markets

New Turtle Species, Found Sold as Food in Thailand Markets

New Species, Reptiles May 6, 2016 at 5:36 pm

Newly described is a snail-eating turtle, Malayemys isan sp. nov. (Geoemydidae), from the Mekong River Basin in northeastern Thailand (Nong Bua Lamphu, Nong Khai and Udon Thani provinces) and the adjacent Vientiane area in Laos.  The new species is readily distinguishable from others by its stripes.

Genes split this kind of fish into 3 species

Genes split this kind of fish into 3 species

Fish, New Species December 15, 2015 at 10:33 am

Genetic testing shows that a fish in the Arabian Gulf, sold at markets and known regionally as hammour, is actually three distinct species.