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    Gramma dejongi Captured with High Res Photos and HD Video

    Gramma dejongi – a still image from the video below Gramma dejongi is a new, yet to be officially described Caribbean basslet from Cuba. The recently discovered fish is named after Arie de Jong of the famed Dutch outfit, De Jong Marinelife. Arie has a habit of finding the rare and unusual, and this Gramma […]

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    Gramma dejongi – a still image from the video below

    Gramma dejongi is a new, yet to be officially described Caribbean basslet from Cuba. The recently discovered fish is named after Arie de Jong of the famed Dutch outfit, De Jong Marinelife. Arie has a habit of finding the rare and unusual, and this Gramma is befitting of his track record. The fish has been kept out of the spotlight until recently, as it awaits its formal description from Jack Randall.

    A big thanks to Paul Kroonen, the owner of the above specimen for sharing these images and video. We spoke with Paul a few weeks back when he first acquired this specimen and he described the fishes behavior much like that of Gramma loreto. Except that he found his G. dejongi was much less reclusive and aggressive. It was initially  taking well to Artemia, lobster eggs and cyclops.

    Last we heard, Arie ┬áDe Jong has one recently collected Gramma dejongi available for sale, but we doubt it will last long. We’ve also heard offers coming of out Asia in the $1.5K range for this new striking species.

    H/T to John Coppolino

    7 Comments

    1. Matt Wandell
      June 29, 2010 at 12:13 AM | Permalink

      Okay, what US official do we need to bribe to get the Cuba embargo lifted?

    2. June 29, 2010 at 12:48 PM | Permalink

      @Matt,

      This guy may be a good start: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2010/06/gulf-oil-spill-moratorium-judge-owned-shares-in-17-oil-companies.html

      On a more serious note, I think we’ll find this species’ range spans more than Cuba.

      Hopefully it extends to a country without a trade embargo, and since we’re dreaming–also not a logistical nightmare to ship from.

      Don’t be surprised if you see a couple more new gramma species in the future… :o)

    3. June 29, 2010 at 7:48 AM | Permalink

      @Matt,

      This guy may be a good start: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2010

      On a more serious note, I think we'll find this species' range spans more than Cuba.

      Hopefully it extends to a country without a trade embargo, and since we're dreaming–also not a logistical nightmare to ship from.

      Don't be surprised if you see a couple more new gramma species in the future… :o)

    4. June 29, 2010 at 1:19 PM | Permalink

      Simple put, I’m in love with this fish… trying to get my hands on one…

    5. June 29, 2010 at 8:19 AM | Permalink

      Simple put, I'm in love with this fish… trying to get my hands on one…

    6. Wayne
      June 29, 2010 at 1:41 PM | Permalink

      Well DeJongh’s have one right now…. or at least it’son their list online

    7. Wayne
      June 29, 2010 at 8:41 AM | Permalink

      Well DeJongh's have one right now…. or at least it'son their list online

    2 Trackbacks

    1. […] more it reminds me of the Royal Gramma Basslet (G. loreto), which is predominantly purple in color. Glassbox Design, who is also covering this story, reports that the fish is less aggressive and not as reclusive as […]

    2. […] a few months ago, Gramma dejongi was the newest rare fish on the block. With Dejongi’s moment in the spotlight came […]

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