The paper, Review of the Indo-Pacific Flasherwrasses of the genus Paracheilinus (Perciformes: Labridae), with descriptions of three new species, by Gerald R Allen, Mark V. Erdmann, and Ni Luh Astria Yusmalinda is your new flasher wrasse reference bible, and it’s open access (free to read)!
Here are the three new gorgeous species:
Currently known from the South China Sea at the Anambas Islands, Indonesia
Two nuptial male Paracheilinus xanthocirritus
Wide distribution throughout central Indonesia
Paracheilinus paineorum male courting female (left)
Currently known only from the type locality on the northern coast of Lembata Island in the Lesser Sunda Group of Indonesia
This species is the most gorgeous of the three newly described species in our opinion, and it’s got a great backstory too! Our friend Anna DeLoach at blennywatcher.com actually was the first to discover this species in 2014. Gerald and Mark named the species after Anna’s dive guide, “Yan” Alfian.