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    The Official Description of Prognathodes basabei

      This past September Richard Pyle and Randall Kosaki published the official description of the deepwater Prognathodes basabei. Best of all it’s free to read and some great pictures of this Butterfly can be seen. Sidebar: Prognathodes remain one of my favorite group of fish. I’ve been fortunate enough to own a variety of species […]

    Two Inches of Orange Margined Beauty

    A handful of special fish have been collected over summer, but this tiny Orange Margined Butterflyfish (Prognathodes basabei) takes the adorable prize. Collected in the deep waters of Hawaii, this little one was destined for Japan upon entering Rufus Kimura’s net. To no surprise it is headed to Koji Wada’s Blue Harbor in Osaka. Over […]

    Rare Fish Round Up : Prognathodes aya

    Prognathodes aya Just one Prognathodes in my reef? Never. This Bank Butterflyfish (Prognathodes aya) is doing well in quarantine and will be added to the tank shortly. Hat tip to Kevin Kohen & LiveAquaria for continuing to get in the rare, odd and unusual. Prognathodes aya is a deepwater butterflyfish from the Western Atlantic. Despite […]

    Banks in, Declivis Out of The Glassbox

    Sometimes mixing fish does not work as planned, and when this happens its important to have a back up plan. As I mentioned last month, after a year of cohabitation and friendliness with one another our Chaetodon declivis and Roaops hybrid had a serious falling out. After removing the Declivis for one week it was […]

    Mixing Butterflyfish is Never Easy, Glassbox Banks on New Fish

    People are often attracted to butterflyfish when they see them swimming in ┬ápairs. There is something natural about seeing two of them side by side; the sum is certainly greater than the parts. On paper one would think keeping pairs or groups of butterflies would be easy. Some species are even “monogamous”, but like humans, […]

    Rare and Beautiful | Prognathodes marcellae

    The Marcella Butterfly (Prognathodes marcellae) is a beautiful fish hailing from the waters of Western Africa. This species shares many characteristics with its Prognathodes brethren, namely the caricature like elongated dorsal spines, pointed mouth, and eye stripe. In fact, excluding coloration, P.marcellae is meristcally indistinguishable from its eastern cognates, the Bank Butterfly (P. aya) and […]