Cousin of the Comet or Marine Betta, this is a juvenile Bluegill Longfin, Plesiops corallicola—a true rarity in the trade. Adults can reach 7 inches (18 cm) in length, and they display a deep rich blue pigmentation. They are safe with corals but predatory on small fishes and benthic invertebrates. This specimen was captive-bred by Biota in Palau, and US local aquarium retailers will soon have access to limited imports of this new species. Image: Matt Pedersen.
Red Dragon Acropora, Acropora carduus. Image: Joseph Caparatta, www.uniquecorals.com. From CORAL, November/December 2015, RARITIES. A deepwater species that takes on vibrant colors under reef aquarium lighting, it is reportedly easier to keep than expected. Prices of cultured small colonies have been falling from once-astronomical levels.
Rhodactis sp. corallimorpharian, sold as the “Burning Brocade” Corallimorph by ReefGen. Image by Laura Birenbaum.
Zebra or Bumblebee Mantis Shrimp, Lysiosquillina maculata. Image: Eli Fleishauer/Quality Marine.
More information for this species at Roy’s List of Stomatopods for the Marine Aquarium, edited by Dr. Roy L. Caldwell at UC Berkeley.