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).…

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…

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…

Fisher’s Angelfish Breeding

The diminutive and brilliantly colored pygmy angels (genus Centropyge) are the most popular and heavily traded angelfishes in the aquarium hobby. The genus is the largest within the Pomacanthid family, comprising a total of 28 described species. Most of these…

Thornback Cowfish Larval Rearing

The Thornback Cowfish (Lactoria fornasini) was cultured many times throughout 2012 and 2013 for this project.  L. fornasini eggs are large (1.8 mm), contain multiple yellow oil globules and are covered in yellow pigment spots. They have a long incubation…

Spotted Boxfish Larval Rearing

Spotted boxfish (Ostracion meleagris) were reared in April and May of 2014 from wild collected eggs at the Reef Culture Technologies hatchery. This species is fairly common on Hawaiian reefs where it primarily feeds on tunicates, sponges and algae. Males…