Sensitive Jewels

The Ruby Red Dragonets (Synchiropus moyeri), or red scooters, are one of the most stunning fish that were quite recently introduced to the trade, however, shipping and husbandry have proven to be difficult. Obviously, they are very sensitive animals hardly tolerating the stress of catching and shipping with unusual high mortality rates between fishermen, exporter and client. Therefor we consider the catching of those species with their low success of survival to be unethical, we better should leave those admittedly stunning guys with bright red body color and intense yellow pectoral fins in their natural habitat. It is the responsibility of key players in the ornamental trade not to take animals with low survival rates just to make a few quick bucks.

But we do have an alternative: There is another species who could be a suitable substitute. Its also called red scooter (Synchiropus stellatus) with excellent survival rates, and intense red body color. Just the yellow pectoral fin color is replaced by red. Chewing over the species’ well being that’s an aspect we could live with, right?

List of Organisms

Chiloscyllium-punctatum-Egg SHARKS AND EELS PIPEFISHES LIONFISHES ANTIAS DAMSELS BUTTERFLY FISHES ANGEL FISHES HAWKFISHES WRASSES GOBIES AND BLEENIES GOBIES AND PARTNERS SURGEONFISHES CLOWNFISHES TRIGGERFISHES AND FILEFISHES OTHERFISHES MOLLUSKS CRUSTACEANS ANEMONES ECHINODERMS ASCIDIANS ALGAE Continue reading →

MarineFauna: A Turtle Haven

IMG_1043 Since 15 years the staff of MarineFauna (MF) is monitoring the reef in front of the facility. What we have noticed over the past years is the increase of both turtle species and individuals. More than 20 marine turtles about 4 species (namely green sea turtle, hawksbill, leatherback and olive ridley) are inhabiting the waters just […] Continue reading →