Category Archives: Gallery Updates

blog posts detailing new developments or addition to the Digital-Reefs ornamental marine livestock galleries are detailed in this section.

New Species: Pelicier’s Perchlet

A new species image and profile has been added to the Digital-Reefs galleries!

Available in the UK only sporadically, and usually costing up to around £500 for a good specimen, Pelicier’s Perchlet Plectranthias pelicieri could easily be mistaken for a Hawkfish if one judges it solely on its general demeanour. This species is actually an Anthias though, and grows to a maximum size of around 5cm. A deepwater species, it is relatively hardy but can also be quite shy. This species should only be kept in a completely covered tank with other peaceful fishes and take note that it may consume passive ornamental inverts such as small shrimps and molluscs, and even fishes significantly smaller than itself.

We were lucky enough to be allowed to image this stunning and rare specimen at Burscough Aquatics. You can see a larger image, read a full profile and get the low-down on over 20 other Anthias species HERE (registered, logged-in users only).

New Species: True Bursa Trigger

Heads-up, we’ve just added yet another new species to our livestock database! Our latest addition, Sufflamen bursa takes our Triggerfish gallery tally to a total of 18 profiles in that section. Inhabiting a variety of shallow, clear reef habitats, the True Bursa, Scythe or Boomerang Trigger is a voracious species that feeds on a variety of organisms including hard shelled crustaceans and molluscs. Growing to a maximum size of 25cm, this species will only tolerate tough tankmates and should be housed in a well-planned aquarium. It should not be confused with Rhinecanthus verrucosus which is also commonly known as the Bursa Trigger. For a larger image, species profile and access to numerous other Triggerfish profiles, click HERE (you must be subscribed and logged-in to access this gallery).

Super Rare Aurora Anthias Surface In The UK

We’ve just received a ‘heads-up’ from our friends at Aquarium Architecture to say that they’ve recently obtained a number of super rare and stunning Pseudanthias calloura via TMC. Also known as the Aurora Anthias for it’s stunning red, orange and lavender hues, this species has entered the trade before but specimens have so far apparently gone top paying Asian outlets. Although details are quite sketchy at the moment we believe this stock may be destined for the incredible Luxury Townhouse aquarium in Hampstead Heath, London, which we were lucky enough to shoot for Aquarium Architecture recently.

New Species: Painted Anthias

A new species image and profile has been added to the Digital-Reefs galleries!  Commonly known as the Painted Anthias, Pseudanthias pictilis is a Western Pacific species which favours water depths of 12-40m and occurs in aggregations above steep outer reef slopes. For a larger image, more detailed species profile and over 20 other Anthias species visit our gallery here (subscribed, logged-in users only).

New Species: Golden Hawkfish

A new species image and profile has been added to the Digital-Reefs galleries! Paracirrhites xanthus, commonly known as the Golden Hawkfish, is a rare relative of the more commonly encountered Arc-eye Hawkfish, Paracirrhites arcuatus. Unlike the Arc-Eye though, the Golden Hawkfish is rarely imported and as such is usually expensive. This species comes from a limited range in the Eastern Central Pacific and is sometimes confused with Cirrhitichthys aureus, the Japanese Golden Hawkfish. We spotted this stunning specimen in a large reef aquarium installed and maintained by Aquarium Architecture. For a larger image and full species profile click here (note: you must be a logged-in subscriber to access this page – if you wish to subscribe quickly and freely, click here).

Mantids Look Just Like Us

Of the few creatures that are both loved and reviled in perhaps equal measure by marine hobbyists, Mantis Shrimp are a clear candidate for the number one spot. Despite having the potential to be a troublesome pest in a reef tank, there’s no denying that they are incredibly beautiful and interesting creatures, and this view is shared by Justin Marshall of the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, and his colleagues. They’ve been studying mantis shrimp for years and, although a lot is already known about their vision, new information about how they use their eyes has recently been collected. Continue reading Mantids Look Just Like Us

New Species: Purple Shingle/Helmet Urchin

Colobocentrotus atratusA new species image and profile has been added to the Digital-Reefs galleries!

Fairly common in the Southern and Central Pacific where they living intertidally in heavily wave-swept environments Colobocentrus atratus are notable for their both their stunning colouration and smooth, flattened ‘armour plating’.

To view the Urchins & Dollars subgallery click here (note: you must be a logged-in subscriber to access this page – if you wish to subscribe quickly and freely, click here).

Specimen photographed at fishmansfrags UK

New Species: Honeycomb Filefish

A new species image and profile has been added to the Digital-Reefs galleries!

Cantherhines pardalis is an Indo-Pacific species that often occurs on outer reef slopes, sometimes in silty habitats, to depths of 2 – 20 metres. feeding on benthic organisms and somewhat shy, young specimens have been seen floating with loose surface weeds, and adults are often found in association with large Sargassum rafts during the wet season. The species can also adopt three basic color patterns but all have the white spot at the bas of the tail.

Click here for a larger image and species profile (subscribed, logged-in users only). Specimen photographed at the Aquarium at Cockfields Farm.

New Images: SPS Corals In Stereo

Following on from our recent tank update, we thought we’d post some images of a few of the corals we added just before xmas 2012. Having been in the tank for well over a month now we are keeping our fingers crossed that these specimens are now settled, indeed we can already see signs of growth and excellent polyp extension (particularly at night). Continue reading New Images: SPS Corals In Stereo

New Species: Arrowhead Soapfish

A new species image and profile has been added to the Digital-Reefs galleries. The Arrowhead Soapfish is quite unusual in the trade and, with its beautiful green-blue colouration, it’s no surprise that this specimen caught our attention during a recent shoot at a marine retail outlet. Part of the large Serranid family of Groupers and Sea Basses, the Soapfish are remarkable in that they exude Grammistin (a toxic, bitter-tasting skin secretion) when handled. As well as giving them their common name, this strategy provides them with an effective deterrent from predators in their natural environment. For a larger image and full species profile click here (note: you must be a logged-in subscriber to access this page – if you wish to subscribe quickly and freely, click here).