Five new pygmy sweepers

by | Mar 15, 2016 | Advanced Aquarist | 0 comments

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)


    Photo by J.E. Randall

    Parapriacanthus kwazulu (KwaZulu- Natal, South Africa)


    Photo by A.D. Connell

    Parapriacanthus punctulatus (Mozambique, Africa)


    Photo by A. Diringer

    Parapriacanthus rahah (Oman)


    Photo by J.E. Randall

    Parapriacanthus sharm (Red Sea)


    Photo by S.V. Bogorodsk

    • Leonard Ho

      I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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