Cirrhilabrus isosceles, fresh paratype, ZRC 54775. Note the blue markings on the caudal fin which converge to form an isosceles triangle. Photo credit: Lemon TYK.

 Cirrhilabrus is undeniably one of my favorite labrid genera, and so it comes as no surprise that today’s instalment of epithet etymology highlights yet another species in this speciose genus. Today’s fish in focus is Cirrhilabrus isosceles, the pin-tail fairy wrasse. This particular species is special to me for various reasons, but perhaps the one closest to my heart, is that this was the first fish I described in a paper with Hiroshi Senou and Brian Greene earlier this year. Prior to that, C. isosceles has been taxonomically undescribed for close to two decades, despite being recognised as new. Throughout this time, it was assigned numerous tentative names, including Cirrhilabrus sp, Cirrhilabrus sp 3 and Cirrhilabrus cf. lanceolatus

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sump-reefs The advantages a sump provides to your reef aquarium are manyI hate clutter. Unfortunately, clutter and reef aquariums come hand in hand, especially as the devices start to pile up. Want to add a calcium reactor? Get ready to deal with power cords going to the main pump, the feed pump, and the solenoid, not to mention tubing going to and from the tank as well as the CO2 canister. Even something as simple as a protein skimmer can involve multiple devices. As reefkeepers add more gadgets and the complexity of the whole system increases, the reef tank can become a snake pit of wiring and tubing. For neat freaks like myself, a sump is a godsend Read More
The new "Black Box" controller/monitor series

The new “Black Box” controller/monitor series

 Milwaukee Instruments, a North Carolina-based manufacturer of professional grade diagnostic instruments, is a long time player in the aquarium industry, both at the commercial and hobby levels. They were one of the first companies to introduce consumer-level testing equipment to monitor crucial parameters, such as pH, ORP and temperature in home aquariums and to this day, are a key player in the aquarium monitoring devices market.

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RCA_3379s It’s hard to read about coral reefs these days without hearing bad news stories about ocean acidification, plastic pollution, overfishing and all the rest…  Over three quarters of the world’s reefs are in some way damaged or threatened, but what does a degrade reef look like?  Well, here’s some pictures and it’s not a pretty sight.

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Chaetodon flavocoronatus, the Yellow-crowned Butterflyfish. Photo credit: Lemon TYK.

 It has been a while since our last installation of epithet etymology, and, to make up for the absence in posts, we’ll feature a truly stunning fish from the butterflyfish genus Chaetodon. In keeping with the theme of these articles, we’ll take a look at the meaning behind the name of this species. Chaetodon is the largest genus in the family Chaetodontidae, which features eleven other genera. The epithet is the combination of the greek words “chaite”, for hair, and “odous”, for teeth. This eludes to the very fine, hair like teeth that are present in all members of this genus. 

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starlet-reefs Good morning friends, last night was the first of three nights of coral spawning for the month of September. I completely missed the August spawning but never the less this month is usually always the best. Like every year 7 days after the full moon corals around the world all release eggs and sperm into the water column in hopes of growing new corals and insuring it’s species will survive. The downside for me is the time in which this all happens, I mean I am usually fast asleep by the time this event is just starting. Aimee went with me last night but only for shore support and to help me get my giant camera in and out of the water, it’s impossible for me to do alone as it’s so cumbersome and heavy. I jumped in at 9:30 by myself and off I went in search of any possible star-corals that might spawn but ended up finding everything but those Read More