Five new pygmy sweepers


Unidentified, possibly Parapriacanthus punctulatus, school of pygmy sweepers at KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (D.R. King).

The paper, Preliminary review of the pempherid fish genus  Parapriacanthus of the  western Indian Ocean, with descriptions of five new species, is open access so we encourage you to read the paper to get better acquainted with pygmy sweepers.  If you’re like us, you may wonder why our hobby doesn’t see more tiny schooling fish like this.  Marine aquarists are seriously lacking in good schooling fish options.

Without further ado, here are the five newly described species:

    Parapriacanthus darros (Seychelles, Africa)

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    Photo by J.E. Randall

    Parapriacanthus kwazulu (KwaZulu- Natal, South Africa)

    Parapriacanthuskwazulu.jpg

    Photo by A.D. Connell

    Parapriacanthus punctulatus (Mozambique, Africa)

    Parapriacanthuspunctulatus.jpg

    Photo by A. Diringer

    Parapriacanthus rahah (Oman)

    Parapriacanthusrahah.jpg

    Photo by J.E. Randall

    Parapriacanthus sharm (Red Sea)

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    Photo by S.V. Bogorodsk

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