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    Holanthias fuscipinnis and Johnrandallia nigrirostris Caught on Film

    H. fuscipinnis Pair – Photo by Mr. Koji Wada The beautiful Hawaiian endemic,  Holanthias fuscipinnis has recently seen semi-regular collection, with most headed off to Asia to top paying collectors. For the first time, a specimen has stayed in the the U.S. where it currently resides in Long Island. (See RC thread here). These  anthias […]

    Holanthias fuscipinnis

    H. fuscipinnis Pair – Photo by Mr. Koji Wada

    The beautiful Hawaiian endemic,  Holanthias fuscipinnis has recently seen semi-regular collection, with most headed off to Asia to top paying collectors. For the first time, a specimen has stayed in the the U.S. where it currently resides in Long Island. (See RC thread here). These  anthias are the “new borbonious” of ’06 and ’07, but I don’t suspect we’ll find them at a seafood market anytime soon

    Here’s a video from Singapore, showing this beautiful deepwater anthias along with a  little el barbero–the barber fish.

     

    The Barberfish (Johnrandallia nigrirostris – Yes, Dr. John ‘Jack’ Randall has a genus named after him! ) is a hardy, but rarely collected butterflyfish. Its range is limited to the Eastern Pacific at tropical locales like the Galapagos Islands and the always fun Cabo San Lucas. It can also be found at Clipperton swiming among the beautiful “Blue Passers” (Holacanthus limbaughi).

    In the video this vexatious little barberfish is trying to do what its name suggestsclean the AnthiasJ. nigrirostris is a facultative cleaner; meaning it is not an obligate cleaner, but will step up to the job when needed.

     

     

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