Liopropoma mowbrayi, Cave Bass

Good morning, I’m having one of those can’t catch up, too much to do weeks and like always these blogs tend to suffer. If you ever see just a photo and no text like yesterday you know I am busy.. This is one of the many super small, colorful, deep-sea basses that high end aquarium collectors go crazy for, this one is called a cave bass or Liopropoma mowbrayi. When I say small, I’m talking around three inches in length and NO these are not babies or juveniles they are in fact full grown adults. These little sea-bass or basslets come in a wide range of beautiful colors and are very reclusive making them very hard to find.

A Possible Cave Basslet X Swissguard Basslet Hybrid

The collectors at Dynasty Marine might very well have stumbled upon the first record of hybridization among the deepwater basslets in the genus Liopropoma. The fish seen here combines an interesting mix of traits found in two closely related species from South...