CORAL Mystery Species Answers

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.

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.

Rhodactis sp. corallimorpharian, sold as the “Burning Brocade” Corallimorph by ReefGen. Image by Laura Birenbaum.

Zebra or Bumblebee Mantis Shrimp, Lysiosquallina maculata. Image: Eli Fleishauer/Quality Marine.

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.

3 Comments

  1. October 31, 2015

    Carpet Starfish

  2. November 15, 2015

    Red dragon acro

  3. November 15, 2015

    amazing picks, the coral is beautiful and the brocade is beyond words. My tank would be happy for such things.

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