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    Pseudochromis tapeinosoma, an unusual Dottyback from the Indo-Pacific.

    Please welcome Tea Yi Kai to GLASSBOXDESIGN. Known as ‘Lemon’ by friends and family, Tea is currently a Biotech student in Singapore studying molecular genetics and microbiology. Lemon has a deep passion for aquariums and rare fish, in particular Wrasses, Angelfish and Butterflyfish. Pseudochromis tapeinosoma is an unusual and seldom seen dottyback that has made […]

    Please welcome Tea Yi Kai to GLASSBOXDESIGN. Known as ‘Lemon’ by friends and family, Tea is currently a Biotech student in Singapore studying molecular genetics and microbiology. Lemon has a deep passion for aquariums and rare fish, in particular Wrasses, Angelfish and Butterflyfish.


    Pseudochromis tapeinosoma

    Pseudochromis tapeinosoma is an unusual and seldom seen dottyback that has made its way into the aquarium trade. We’ve already seen a handful of rare and luxurious imports from the Indo-Pacific region such as the White bar anthias (Pseudanthias leucozonas), the False Shepardi angel hybrids (Centropyge loricula X C. ferrugata), the diminutive Whitecap Gobies (Lotilia graciliosa), and the gorgeous Pintail fairy wrasse (Cirrhilabrus cf. lanceolatus), just to name a few.

    Pseudochromis tapeinosomaIt’s no surprise then, with the rich biodiversity of the Indo-pacific, that the Tapeinosoma Dottyback hails from this region. More specifically, it ranges from Southern Japan to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. It can also found on the West Coast of Thailand.

    This particular specimen shows some very unique coloration. Tapeinosoma dottybacks are usually yellow with a black margin from the eye, to the tail. This specimen has a beautiful navy blue margin instead.

    Add this dottyback to the list of interesting exports from the Indo-pacific region. Who knows what surprises the oceans in this area have for us next.

    14 Comments

    1. Anonymous
      January 25, 2011 at 3:40 PM | Permalink

      Right on, Lemon. Glad to see another fish fiend on the GBD team!

    2. 1crazymofo
      January 26, 2011 at 12:44 AM | Permalink

      thought the GB was coming down?

    3. Digiman
      January 26, 2011 at 1:40 AM | Permalink

      Cool dottyback!

    4. January 26, 2011 at 4:17 AM | Permalink

      Our aquarium will be, but that is all. Glassbox Design is alive and well.

      http://glassbox-design.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/glassbox_2011.jpg

    5. cav
      January 27, 2011 at 3:06 AM | Permalink

      Cool. Looks a bit similar to my Neon Dottyback.

    6. Anonymous
      January 27, 2011 at 3:40 PM | Permalink

      I’m thinking that may not be the right name for this Dottyback…hmm….

    7. lemonlemon
      January 27, 2011 at 3:54 PM | Permalink

      This fish has it’s identity confirmed by Dr. Anthony Gill, who is a dottyback expert.

      The normal colouration is yellow with black, but this specimen is blue instead of black. There are a few pictures of this blue tapeinosoma dottyback being sold in Japanese websites and other photos of it taken in the wild.

      It was initially thought to me, that it was a new species. However it’s identity has been confirmed by Dr. Gill

    8. Anonymous
      January 27, 2011 at 4:00 PM | Permalink

      Yup, like I said, someone has an ID wrong somewhere. This one could be right, but that means another one is wrong 😉 Beautiful fish regardless.

    9. lemonlemon
      January 27, 2011 at 4:34 PM | Permalink

      where is the other source? would like to see it haha.

      thanks and yes, it is a cute little dottyback. and not as aggressive as other members of the genus.

    10. Anonymous
      January 27, 2011 at 5:06 PM | Permalink

      I’ve been familiar with P. tapeinosoma as being typically considered a member of the “Blue Bar” complex along with P. cyanotaenia and P. coccinicauda and the others that sometimes get thrown in there. Fishbase (pictures via Randall), Burgess’s Atlas, and others all put P. tapeinosoma in there. However, the Burgess Atlas does show this fish yellow and black, Dottyback as P. melanotaenia, which based on Fishbase appears to be a synonym with P. tapeinosoma. Like I said, two very different looking fish carrying this name.

    11. Anonymous
      January 31, 2011 at 3:58 PM | Permalink

      Glad to see Tea on board! Our taste in fish, and tank dimensions have proven to be quite similar, and I’ve been following his build thread for a good while now.

      Welcome, Tea!

    12. lemonlemon
      January 31, 2011 at 5:18 PM | Permalink

      haha hi crab rangoon.

      please, call me Yi kai, or lemon if you want.

      my sur name is not even real! it was a mix up in the passport agency and they mispelt it to “Tea”

    13. Oldtown
      February 22, 2011 at 8:25 PM | Permalink

      I’ve had this fish before. Sold the same day and was only able to snap a few poor pics. Should them at MACNA in Atlanta but never got a positive ID.

    14. March 29, 2011 at 12:15 PM | Permalink

      Hello everybody, The first tank that we decided to give a face lift is the centerpiece of this display, our 700 gallon in-wall aquarium.

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