Well Hello, Luzonichthys seaver! New Anthias species emerges from the depths of Pohnpei, Micronesia

Caitlin NicholeBy Caitlin Nichole 4 years ago
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Holotype of Luzonichthys seaver, Pohnpei, Micronesia. Photo: Brian D. Greene

 Allow us to bombard you with some rather exciting fish news this morning! Take a few moments to ogle over this gorgeous, rosy-bodied blonde holotype of the seventh member of the Luzonichthys genus, Luzonichthys seaverCollected by means of hand and net at depths of 90-100m in Pohnpei, Micronesia, the svelte Anthiinae seems to most closely bear semblance to Earle’s Splitfin Anthias (L. earlei), yet flaunts a striking, cheerier coloration. Unfortunately, no captures of an animate specimen have been made, but we imagine them to be all the more splendid with some life behind the eyes. As goes with most remote rarities, it’s unlikely L. seaver will be within any aquarist’s reach anytime soon, but let’s not allow that to detract from the sheer thrill that comes with a discovery from the interminable depths of our seas. We shall admire you from afar. Congratulations to all involved in this exquisite find! Source: Copus J, Ka’apu-Lyons C, Pyle R (2015) Luzonichthys seaver, a new species of Anthiinae (Perciformes, Serranidae) from Pohnpei, Micronesia. Biodiversity Data Journal 3: e4902. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.3.e4902  

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I'm a New York Reef Enthusiast and Fish Nerd, amateur photographer, dog lover, beer brewer/drinker, cocktail mixer, semi-seasoned chef, Prosecco Indulging, lightly foul-mouthed, slightly antagonistic, sorta-artistic, wordy bookworm of a girl. Dog mommy of three, an Abyssinian dubbed "Mau", plus one Dwarf Cuttlefish and a few Clarions. I have a tattoo of an Octopus with flowers on my rear. I ride my bike to the beach and sip bourbon with a good (reef) book while watching the waves. I like to think I'm witty and charming - but I'll let you decide.

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