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New Species Added to the Marine Fish Egg Catalog


Paul Anderson

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Question:  What do the Semicircle angelfish and Stoplight parrotfish have in common? 

Answer:  They’re new species whose eggs have been photographed and documented in the Open Source Marine Fish Egg Catalog.

As of this writing, the Egg Catalog has grown to include photos and morphometric measurements of 198 eggs representing 50 species of marine aquarium fishes across 16 families.  Do you have these or other species in our Egg Catalog living in your exhibits?  Ever thought about aquaculturing them?  Get an idea of the size, shape, and morphometrics of their eggs in order to identify and target them in your aquarium or zoo’s larval rearing program.   Check them out in the Egg Catalog!  If you haven't signed up yet, join 456 of your colleagues in the public aquarium and zoo community by registering with your aquarium or zoo email address today.

The Egg Catalog is comprised of marine aquarium fish eggs diligently collected, sampled, and photodocumented by participating public aquaria and zoos:  Aquarium of the Pacific, California Academy of Sciences, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Frost Science Aquarium, Mote Marine Aquarium, Mystic Aquarium, National Aquarium, New England Aquarium, the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Oceanografic Valencia, and Shedd Aquarium.  The Project is led by the New England Aquarium, Roger Williams University, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Coral Reef Aquarium Fisheries Campaign.  Funding has been generously provided by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Conservation Grants Fund, New England Aquarium, and California Academy of Sciences' Hope for Reefs Fund. 

Photo credits:  (L) E. Levy and (R) F. Libert

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