Pacific Chub Larval Rearing

Sea chubs or ruddefishes (Kyphosidae) are primarily tropical, schooling, herbivorous, coastal reef fishes comprising 4 genera and 11 species. They have a medium, often silver, moderately deep and compressed body with a small head and short snout. Chubs often congregate…

Convict Tang Larval Rearing

Surgeonfish (family Acanthuridae) are an important group of reef fishes with a small mouth; a deep, compressed body; and sharp caudal spines, from which they derive their name. The family comprises 80 species, of which 73 occur in the Indo-Pacific.…

Larval Fish Project

Larval Fish Project

Most marine fish (and invertebrates) have a complex life cycle that involves a dispersing, planktonic larval stage—the time from egg hatching to juvenile development. These…Larval Fish Project was last modified: July 16th, 2018 by frank baensch

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Black-lipped Butterflyfish Breeding

Butterflyfishes are mostly small, conspicuously colorful reef fishes with deep, laterally compressed bodies and small mouths. The family comprises 130 species in 11 genera. They primarily feed on benthic invertebrates, especially coral polyps. The striking chromatic patterns make butterflyfishes very…

Ornate Wrasse Breeding

Wrasses are a large and diverse group of mostly brightly colored, carnivorous reef fishes, comprising 82 genera and over 600 species. They occur in tropical to semi-temperate waters worldwide but are mainly found on shallow coral reefs. They are typically…

Hawaiian Squirrelfish Larval Rearing

Holocentrids are nocturnal, large-eyed, typically reddish, small to moderate sized fishes, comprising 8 genera and 83 species. During the day, they typically remain hidden in crevices, caves, or under ledges at depths from the shoreline to 100 m (330 ft).…

Helen’s Perchlet Larval Rearing

Anthias (Anthiine serranids) are small to medium-sized, brightly colored reef fishes comprising 25 genera and over 200 species. They are planktivores and often form large schools above the reef while feeding. Their peaceful nature and vivid color patterns make them…

Redbarred Dragonet Larval Rearing

The Redbarred Dragonet or Tiny Hawaiian Dragonet, Synchiropus rubrovinctus, is a rare, cryptic dragonet species that has only been found around Japan, New Caledonia and Hawaii at depths of 3 to 260 feet (1 to 80 m). It reaches a…