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    Prognathodes Madness on LiveAquaria

    Last night Kevin Kohen and the LiveAquaria team had an impressive selection of Prognathodes butterfly fish in their Diver’s Den WYSIWG section, covering the entire Atlantic–from Florida, to Brazil to Africa. Here’s a few photos that we grabbed for the Chaetodontidae lovers who missed out. Prognathodes aya is found throughout the caribbean–this pair was actually […]

    Last night Kevin Kohen and the LiveAquaria team had an impressive selection of Prognathodes butterfly fish in their Diver’s Den WYSIWG section, covering the entire Atlantic–from Florida, to Brazil to Africa. Here’s a few photos that we grabbed for the Chaetodontidae lovers who missed out.

    Prognathodes aya

    Prognathodes aya is found throughout the caribbean–this pair was actually collected in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida at 200ft. Like most Prognathodes they have those striking elongated dorsal spines, and the photographer managed to capture both in the same frame. While not new to Diver’s Den it is rare to see pairs of Prognathodes.

    Prognathodes basiliensis

    Prognathodes brasiliensis is a striking yellow species that shares many characteristics with Prognathodes aculeatus. At $150 USD this has the least expensive, but for some the most attractive. Compare the coloration and markings with the fish above and below it–the intermediary look of P. basiliensis always catches the eye of butterflyfish fans.

    proganthodes marcellae

    The last gem LA has was Prognathodes marcellae. This fish hails from West Africa where it can be found at depth, lingering under caves and grazing on sessile invertebrates such as polychaetes and copepods. At 2.5″ this fish would be in very high demand in in other parts of the world–while it did sell the first night of being availabe, we were surprised that it lasted more than 5 minutes. Prior to this specimen, a larger P. marcellae was available for nearly one month.

    When drafting this article I began writing that these three are some of my favorite Prongathodes species, but in actuality –there is not a single Prognathodes that I don’t like. However, to see these three (technically four, with the pair) in a row and available in the U.S. was a nice change.

    While on the topic of Prognathodes, here’s a teaser photo of the deepwater P. guyanensis — more to come in the near future!

    Prognathodes-guyanensis

    One Comment

    1. Brandon
      November 18, 2009 at 11:20 AM | Permalink

      Those are some beautiful fish.

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