On Thursday, October 13, Quality Marine received a shipment of fairy wrasses from Australia that have yet to be scientifically described, and the group believes this is one of the first times this type of wrasse has been imported to the United States.
The wrasses glow red under actinic lighting. At this time, there is not much information available on this fish, including why they glow, but it is believed that this wrasse is part of the Cirrhilabrus genus. Quality Marine has dubbed the fish “Darwin’s Glow Fairy Wrasse.”
The fish in the genus Cirrhilabrus are frequently called “Fairy Wrasses.” They are commonly found in schools anywhere from 20′ to 160′ deep, are usually around rubble and back reef slopes and make for a stunning display, Quality Marine said.
According to Quality Marine, this is not the first time it has received an undescribed species of fish, and they guess it will not be the last.
Quality Marine says to ask your account manager for information on how to obtain one of these glowing fairy wrasses.