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.…

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…

Left: A pair of Fisher's Angelfish (male on bottom). Right: 72-day-old Fisher's Angelfish juveniles

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…

Blacktail Snapper Larval Rearing

Snappers are a diverse group of medium to large (up to 3 feet), carnivorous fishes, comprising 21 genera and 125 species. They inhabit a variety of temperate to tropical habitats down to 1500 feet where they feed on crustaceans and…

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…