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    Lipogramma Basslets and Other Rarities Collected in Curacao

    The Lipogramma basslets are such rare fishes, that few even know they exist. However, to the extreme rare fish enthusiast they are one of the most coveted.  Shown above is Lipogramma evides. This individual is believed to be the only living specimen in captivity. These photos, taken by Mr. Koji Wada, are the only living [...]

    Lipogramma evides

    The Lipogramma basslets are such rare fishes, that few even know they exist. However, to the extreme rare fish enthusiast they are one of the most coveted.  Shown above is Lipogramma evides. This individual is believed to be the only living specimen in captivity. These photos, taken by Mr. Koji Wada, are the only living images you’ll likely find of L. evides on the internet–at least for now.

    Lipogramma evides

    Lipogramma evides acclimating to a Japanese Reef Tank

    Lipogramma klayi

    Lipgogramma klayi from Blue Harbor’s 2009 Calendar

    Forrest Young and the Dynasty Marine Crew are out in Curacao on an already successful collection trip for these deepwater basslets and other rarities. Using closed circuit rebreathers, the collectors dive to 300 ft where fish such as L. evides and L. klayi are found hiding in caves and crevices. Per communication with Forrest while on location in Curacao, the team had already collected a handful of  Lipogramma klayi, Lipogramma evides, Lipogramma trilineatum, as well as a few undescribed Sabre Gobies and a tiny Spanish Flag (Gonioplectrus hispanus).

    Gonioplectrus hispanus Spanish Flag

    The Spanish Flag (Gonioplectrus hispanus) is a colorful and highly sought after fish

    Should any of these fish stay in the U.S. expect prices north of $1K. A few years back L. evides sold  in Japan (Blue Harbor) for $3,000 USD with L. klayi for $2,000. Given the early pricing that we’re seeing we’d expect to see $1,800-$2,000 and $1,200-$1,400 for the respective species–but at this point it’s just conjecture. Most of these are already earmarked for Japan, but with Dynasty making the trek back home to the Florida Keys early this week, we will hopefully see one or two stay in the States.

    [Thanks to Mr. Koji Wada for the images]

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    • Austin

      If anyone is interested in the Lipogramma basslets here in the states contact Aqua Touch and see here: http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.ph

      Snag a L. evides for under $2K!

    • http://glassbox-design.com/ eric michael sanchez

      FYI, these fish have yet to land. Any retailer that is established with Dynasty should be able to get these fish, provided they don't go to Japan too quickly!

    • Austin

      Which one are you getting for the GB, Eric? :D

    • http://glassbox-design.com/ eric michael

      As much as a love them, they would not be a good fit for my open rimless tank.

    • http://glassbox-design.com/ GBD

      As much as a love them, they would not be a good fit for my open rimless tank.