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    Gramma Sprungi, The Brazilian Gramma You’ve Never Seen

    Just a few months ago, Gramma dejongi was the newest rare fish on the block. With Dejongi’s moment in the spotlight came renewed interest and discussions related to the Gramma genus and a potentially new species that has yet to be identified. We first got word of this rumored fish from a friend in Brazil who pointed us […]

    gramma sprungi

    Just a few months ago, Gramma dejongi was the newest rare fish on the block. With Dejongi’s moment in the spotlight came renewed interest and discussions related to the Gramma genus and a potentially new species that has yet to be identified. We first got word of this rumored fish from a friend in Brazil who pointed us in the direction of Julian Sprung. That’s where the story started on a rare fish that is already being called Gramma sprungi. We hope the name sticks.

    In the early 90s Julian was perusing a Miami wholesaler when a friend, Vince Rado, formerly with ORA, pointed out two unusual Brazilian species. One was clearly a Prognathodes species and the other a Gramma. Knowing both were undescribed at the time, Julian took them both.

    In 2001 the Prognathodes was formally described by Burgess as Prognathodes brasiliensis. The Gramma has yet to achieve such status in ichthyology. It is thought by many to be a new species. Others believe to be a Brazilian Blackcap or Royal Gramma variant. New species, variant, hybrid or otherwise, there was not been word of a fish like it to enter the trade again.

    gramma sprungi

    Both Vince and Julian have said the color of this fish was magenta–“but not Loreto magenta”. In fact, despite the ocellus on the dorsal which lends to G. loreto, the color was much closer to G. melacara. We’re also told the shape was more Linki than Loreto. Julian tells GBD that the photos “sort of capture the color, but not exactly.”

    What ever it is, the deep magenta fading to white makes us want to see more. A special thanks to Julian Sprung for sharing his story and images. We must also give a nod to the Antwerp Marine Club AZAC and aquaculture veteran Tom Verhoeven who have also shared this fish online.

     

    2 Comments

    1. animalmaster6
      October 27, 2010 at 11:24 PM | Permalink

      Wow that is a nice fish!!

    2. Espocrespo
      October 28, 2010 at 2:51 PM | Permalink

      i think i may have had a hybrid of this fish, the pictured gramma is similar to a royal gramma which i had, they start a lot smaller in than normal royal gramma’s and tend to have very few spots and either faded yellow or white as shown in the above picture

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