The UK's top aquascaper and Practical Fishkeeping contributor George Farmer is embarking on a UK tour around some of the top shops over the next couple of months.
George will be using The Aquascaper range of aquariums and cabinets from Evolution Aqua, ranging from the AS300 cube up to the AS1500 Plus, to create living works of art at the following venues:
Saturday, October 15 - Aquarium Gardens (Huntingdon)
Tuesday, October 18 - Reef Depot (London)
Saturday, October 22 - Retford Aquatics (Notts)
Saturday, November 5 - Brook Garden Centre (Chesterfield)
Saturday, November 12 - Aquahome Aquatic Centre (Leyland)
Saturday, November 19 - Maidenhead Aquatics at St Albans (Herts)
Saturday, November 26 - Romsey World of Water (Hampshire)
Sunday, November 27 - Hampshire Aquascaping and Fish event, Portsmouth
Saturday, December 3 - Clearly Aquatics, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
If you're a retailer and you are interested in booking George for an event then please get in touch with him on Facebook. Now booking for December 2016 onwards. Non-UK retailers welcome.
Fancy working for the UK's number one aquatic retailer? Charterhouse Aquatics in London has a number of job vacancies available, giving you the opportunity to be part of a young, progressive and innovative team! Interested? Read on...
Customer Service assistant
We are looking for a self-motivated individual to work in our East London office. The ideal candidate will have previous customer service and front of house experience, knowledge of fishkeeping would helpful but is not essential.
The ideal candidate will have:
- Excellent customer service and administration skills;
- Excellent grammar and telephone manner;
- Strong written and oral communication skills;
- Organisational skills and punctuality;
- Experience using online payment processing;
- Basic computer skills, especially Microsoft Office and Excel.
You will be expected to work closely with the rest of the team but also be comfortable working alone.
Daily duties to include :
- Facilitate customer service telephone lines,
- Corresponding with customers via email and our support portal,
- Liaising with courier and supply companies,
- General company admin.
Salary: Dependent upon experience.
Job Type: Full-time.
We are looking for an experienced and hardworking warehouse manager who will be in charge of monitoring, coordinating and planning all aspects of our East London warehouse. Fishkeeping knowledge is preferred but not essential.
Key roles will include:
- Supervision, organisation and management of all warehouse staff;
- Managing of stock control systems to ensure inventory accuracy;
- Responding to and dealing with customer communication via email and telephone;
- Liaising with customers, suppliers and transport companies;
- Managing of stock control systems to ensure inventory accuracy;
- Maintaining standards of Health and Safety, hygiene and security in the warehouse.
The ideal candidate will have previous management experience and be used to working in a deadline driven environment. The successful candidate will be extremely hard working, highly motivated and punctual.
- Excellent planning and organisation,
- Good oral and written communication skills,
- People management skills including the ability to lead and motivate others, delegate
- work and share ideas.
- Ability to work under pressure and to deadlines,
- Good problem solving skills.
Salary: Dependent on experience and suitability to the job role
Job Type: Full-time
We are looking for hard working individuals to join our warehouse team currently based at our
East London premises.
Daily duties include:
- Picking and Packing of online orders;
- Loading/Unloading deliveries;
- Replenishment of stock;
- Stock management;
- Ensuring the warehouse environment is kept tidy and is a safe working environment.
The ideal candidate will have previous warehouse or distribution experience but full training will be given. We are looking for extremely hard working, highly motivated and punctual individuals. You will be expected to work as part of our current warehouse team but also be confident when working alone and meeting personal targets.
Salary: Dependent on experience and suitability to the job role.
Job Type: Full-time
To apply for any of the above job roles please send a CV and covering letter to: email@example.com
Scientists monitoring the ocean around Western Australia have found that fish sing a dawn chorus, in a remarkably similar way to the more well known early morning birdsong.
Researchers from the UK’s Exeter University and Curtin University in Perth, Australia, identified seven fish choruses over an 18-month period using a pair of sea-noise loggers placed both near the shore and offshore around Port Headland. They found that the fish chorus was most likely to be heard at dawn and dusk and between early spring and late summer.
The sounds recorded by the researchers included a deep ‘foghorn’ call made by the Black jewfish, Protonibea diacanthus, another which they described as sounding similar to ‘the buzzer in the Operation board game’, which was emitted by a Terapontid — there are several species of Terapontidae found in this area, including the Fourlined grunter, Pelates quadrilineatus, which is known to produce sound. There was also a ‘ba-ba-ba’ call from a batfish. You can hear these calls below.
“I’ve been listening to fish squawks, burble and pops for nearly 30 years now, and they still amaze me with their variety,” lead author Robert McCauley of Curtin University told New Scientist.
Earlier this month aquatics manufacturer Tetra teamed up with Aquatic Design Centre to create an exclusive underwater experience in London’s Old Street Underground Station.
The Tetra Tranquillity Tank was a custom built serene aquatic pop-up experience, aimed at giving busy Londoners a relaxing retreat.
Best known for their luxurious custom-made coral reef aquarium in the Sexy Fish restaurant on Berkeley Street, Aquatic Design Centre was brought on board to share over 25 years of experience in creating bespoke aquariums and installations to help transform the two front windows of the retail space.
Two aquariums measuring over 1,800mm high x 550mm wide, held 2,689 l of water and were home to 60 colourful African cichlids and a turtle in one window, with angelfish, rainbowfish, and Corydoras catfish very at home in a planted tank in the second window.
Offering a complete sensory experience, over 3,000 visitors had the opportunity to unwind in relaxing seating whilst listening to therapeutic, underwater sounds in an environment that reflected the tranquillity of an aquarium, created by water projections, special effect lighting, plants and the scent of freshly brewed herbal tea.
Talking about the project, Aaron Mallet at Aquatic Design Centre said: “We were thrilled to be part of such an exciting project. The London Underground was the perfect place to create an area of tranquillity and we were really pleased by the response from the public. The tanks took a total of 11 days to build and three days to install and we couldn’t have been happier with how the final installation looks. We really hope that those who visited the Tetra Tranquillity Tank will go on to install an aquarium in their own home.” You can watch a time-lapse video showing the aquariums being installed at the foot of the page.
Tetra launched the Tetra Tranquillity Tank following research* which highlighted long working hours, not having enough time, money worries and the dreaded commute are among the most stressful things about living in a city.
Four in five (79.8%) Brit’s claim to be under pressure every day, and considering 24% of UK adults are clinically obese*, it’s hardly surprising to find that our favoured stress relief is comfort food and treats. Alcohol, smoking and boxset binging are all among the top stress relievers. Clearly stress has an impact on our overall health and wellbeing; lack of sleep (51%), feeling run down (45%) and general health (29%) are the top three things to suffer due to stress according to Tetra’s findings.
Giuliano Buccino, Head of Marketing at Tetra adds: “The Tetra Tranquillity Tank provided a relaxing environment away from the hustle and bustle of city life but also allowed us to showcase a range of our most popular aquariums filled with beautiful fish. We look forward to hearing from those visitors who were inspired to take up the hobby.”
The Goldfish Bowl in Oxford is holding a shrimp and aquascaping event on the evening of Monday, October 17, with special guest speaker Chris Lukhaup.
Guests will be treated to an informative and exciting talk from Chris, who will be giving his tips on how to care for shrimps as well as sharing stories from his shrimp expeditions across South America and Asia. In addition, plant specialists Dennerle will hold a live aquascaping demonstration.
Chris will also be officially opening The Goldfish Bowl's brand new freshwater shrimp section —24 + 18 state-of-the-art dedicated aquariums to house both the more common species of shrimp such as Red Cherry shrimp and Amano shrimp, as well as more unusual species such as Yellow King Kong and Blue Bolt shrimp.
There will be special offers across the entire store as well as a very special one-off discount on all livestock. Each attendee will also go home with a special gift as a thank you for attending the event. The shop's helpful and knowledgeable staff will be on hand to discuss any aquatics-related topics with you.
So whether you have a tropical, marine or coldwater aquarium or you fancy setting one up, join The Goldfish Bowl on Magdalen Road, Oxford between 5pm and 9pm for what promises to be a fun evening.
Due to the high numbers expected at the event, it's essential to register for a place by visiting The Goldfish Bowl website.
Surrey-based fancy goldfish specialist Star Fisheries is holding its first Open Day of the season on Sunday, October 16, with some very special fish — all available to purchase on the day.
Andy Green of Star Fisheries tells us: "This long awaited Open Day promises to be the very best yet. We will have fish for sale from China, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Indonesia and of course UK-bred fish. We will be offering the largest selection of fancy goldfish for sale in Europe with many truly amazing varieties, some of which have never been seen in the UK. We will also have some extra special Jumbo fancy goldfish, the size of which has never made UK shores before. From the very small right the way through to the larger sizes, we will have something for the fancy goldfish hobbyist, breeder or show exhibitor.
"Alongside the above line-up we will be offering 'The Andrew James' selection of Ranchu, from the best Ranchu breeder in Europe. These fish are very high quality fish and this year we will have some youngsters with enormous potential for sale as well as some larger quality fish.
"Come along and see this truly amazing fancy goldfish spectacle — and the best bit is that all the fish on show are for sale on the day!"
Star Fisheries will be open on October 16 from 10am–3pm. You can find it at 94A Benhill Road, Sutton, Surrey, SM1 3RX. Tel 0208 915 0455.
There's plenty of free parking available.
A new species of butterflyfish has been described from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
The new fish, Prognathodes basabei, was discovered in deep reefs of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.
“Butterflyfish are the glamour fish of the coral reefs,” said Richard Pyle, Bishop Museum scientist and lead author on the study. “They are colourful, beautiful, and have been very well-studied worldwide. Finding a new species of butterflyfish is a rare event.”
Deep coral reefs at depths of 150 to 500 feet, also known as mesophotic coral ecosystems or “the coral-reef twilight zone,” are among the most poorly explored of all marine ecosystems. Deeper than most scuba divers can venture, and shallower than most submersible-based exploration, these reefs represent a new frontier for coral reef research.
Prognathodes basabei is named after Pete Basabe, a veteran local diver from Kona who, over the years, has assisted with the collection of reef fishes for numerous scientific studies and educational displays. Basabe, an experienced deep diver himself, was instrumental in providing support for the dives that produced the first specimen of the fish that now bears his name.
In addition to the specimens used for the published study, live specimens of the new butterflyfish are now on display at Bishop Museum in Honolulu, the Mokupāpapa Discovery Centre in Hilo, and in the Deep Reef exhibit at the Waikiki Aquarium, Hawaii.
The description of the new fish by scientists from Bishop Museum and NOAA, is published in Zookeys.
Increased levels of carbon dioxide concentrations alters brain chemistry that may lead to fish becoming more at risk from predators.
The first-of-its-kind study was undertaken by researchers from the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University
“Coral reef fish, which play a vital role in coral reef ecosystems, are already under threat from multiple human and natural stressors,” says lead author of the study Rachael Heuer. “By specifically understanding how brain and blood chemistry are linked to behavioural disruptions during CO2 exposure, we can better understand not only ‘what’ may happen during future ocean acidification scenarios, but ‘why’ it happens.”
Researchers measured behavioural impairment and brain chemistry in the Spiny damselfish, Acanthochromis polyacanthus, a species commonly found on coral reefs in the western Pacific Ocean.
During a three-week period, the scientists collected spiny damselfish from reefs off Lizard Island located on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The fish were separated into two groups — those exposed to ordinary CO2 “control” conditions and those exposed to elevated CO2 levels that are predicted to occur in the near future, but have already been observed in many coastal and upwelling areas throughout the world. Following the exposure, the fish were subjected to a behavioral test, and brain and blood chemistry were measured.
The fish were given the choice between control seawater or water containing a chemical alarm cue, which they typically avoid since it represents the smell associated with an injured fish of its own species.
The researchers found that the damselfish exposed to elevated carbon dioxide levels were spending significantly more time near the chemical alarm cue than the control fish, a behaviour that would be considered abnormal. The measurements of brain and blood chemistry provided further evidence that elevated CO2 caused the altered behaviour of the fish.
This is the first time, physiological measurements showing altered chemistry in brain and blood have been directly linked to altered behaviour in a coral reef fish, the researchers say.
“If coral reef fish do not acclimate or adapt as oceans continue to acidify, many will likely experience impaired behavior that could ultimately lead to increased predation risk and to negative impacts on population structure and ecosystem function,” says Heuer. “This research supports the growing number of studies indicating that carbon dioxide can drastically alter fish behaviour, with the added benefit of providing accurate measurements to support existing hypotheses on why these impairments are occurring.”
The study is published in Scientific Reports.
A new marine specialist shop is to open in Swindon next month.
Aqualush officially opens on October 7 and will be having a special launch event over the weekend of October 7–8.
Described as a ‘premier aquatic centre stocking everything you can imagine in terms of marine and aquatic life’, Aqualush is owned and managed by Karen Hunt, who has kept fish for most of her life, including goldfish, tropicals, discus, Koi, and seahorses plus a wide range of other marines.
As well as specialising in saltwater, the shop also stocks tropical fish and plants, reptile goods, magazines — and it even has a KIDZ Zone.
Karen says: “We have a membership and loyalty club offering; a spend and save club, access to exclusive events, new product launches and expert assistance in the store. We provide advice out of hours and aid with any disaster recovery! Experts can advise on purchases, fish compatibility, coral placement, water testing, different systems, ways of caring for your aquatic friends and help to ensure people’s slice of the ocean (or tropical sea) is at its best.”
She adds: “I want children to be as excited and beguiled by aquatic life as I am. With that in mind I have a KIDZ Zone in the shop and open my doors to children so we can enjoy, learn, appreciate, have fun and maintain the presence of aquatic life in their natural habitats for the next generation to enjoy.”
You can find Aqualush at Unit 36, BSS House, Cheney Manor Industrial Estate, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 2PJ. BSS House is just a short distance from J15 and J16 of the M4.
The store will be officially opened by Justin Tomlinson, MP North Swindon, on October 7 at 11am.
The Bristol Aquarist Society — home of the famous Bristol Shubunkin — held its Open Show at The Manor Hall in Coalpit Heath on Sunday, September 4, where more than 200 fancy goldfish competed in 43 classes.
WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY: DR DAVID FORD
The Best in Show was a Lionhead by Sherridan Moores of Northern Goldfish & Pondkeepers Society.
The Club also holds an auction of home-bred fancy goldfish where 69 lots (usually a shoal of three or more goldfish) were auctioned. Prices are traditionally bid in £1 values and at an average of £10 to £20, there were many real bargains to be had.
However, some of the perfect breeding stock commanded higher bids, the best being this trio of Bristol Shubunkins by Bob Jones of BAS, which sold for £70!
After the traditional tombola, raffle and day-long beverages, the many prizes (rosettes and certificates and some special trophies) were handed out by Peter Lloyd — he is the son of the once BAS President Stan Lloyd, who passed away last February. This guest appearance was the Club’s tribute to that President.
On the move for 2017
Next year the BAS Open Show — which is always held on the first Sunday in September — moves to a new venue: Hengrove Community Centre, Fortfield Road, Hengrove, Bristol, BS14 9NX. Entrance is only £1 to view several hundred fancy goldfish bred to Nationwide Standards, or you could buy some goldfish in the auction.
An aquatic and pet store in Essex has closed, prompting concerns from customers who recently paid for goods that have yet to be delivered.
Seapets in Tollgate, Stanway, closed earlier this week. Notices displayed on the locked building announced the closure but assured customers that no livestock had been left in the building, adding that all the animals had been rehomed.
But a number of customers left messages on Seapets’ Facebook page, alleging they are owed money or products, reports the Daily Gazette.
Both the Seapets website and Facebook page have now been taken down.
Colchester Council said its Environmental Health team recently undertook a routine inspection of the Seapets premises but it has not been confirmed whether this visit is connected to the store’s closure in any way.
Kev Green doesn’t do small. When he wanted the ultimate Koi pond, he built the ultimate Koi pond.
Check out the video below and you'll see what we mean!
At six and a half feet deep, and containing 11,800 gal, this is one of the bigger hand-made pools you’ll come across. Putting that into perspective, that’s 54,000 l of water — 54 tonnes of water!
You can read all about this amazing pond in the October 2016 issue of Practical Fishkeeping.
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￼Malcolm Goss passed away on Saturday, August 20 only a few days after he and Gloria had joined other Hounslow members for the annual HDAS BBQ. Malcolm had been in poor health for some time but remained his usual cheerful self and was looking forward to the coming Festival of Fishkeeping, where his prowess as a furnished aquarium expert would have been seen.
￼Malcolm can only be described as a great servant and asset to the hobby; he had an ‘eye’ for aquatic design and his interest in catfish and plants was legendary. He maintained a very close relationship with ichthyologists such as Gordon Howes and Oliver Crimmen at the Natural History Museum
Malcolm’s fishkeeping connection included Riverside A.S., the Thames Valley (TV) Catfish Group and to the Association of Aquarists for whom he judged and was a guest speaker. Hounslow later not only relied on Malcolm for his judging skills (at Table and Closed Shows), but also enjoyed many of his illustrated talks too.
For several years he was Editor of the FBAS Bulletin and could seemingly conjure up a news item from the flimsiest snippet of information. Full of creative ideas, he had only recently come up with the idea of videoing Hounslow members’ home ponds for a club-night competition.
Some people also had the good fortune to experience his culinary skills, as Malcolm was a most accomplished cook. Away from fishkeeping, his voluntary ‘day job’ included pond maintenance and he also fulfilled many duties at Rickmansworth’s Conservative Club where he acted as Treasurer, Social Secretary and chef — usually all at the same time and very often on the same night!
Many fishkeepers will have met Malcolm as a guest speaker and/or judge at society meetings and shows over the years and the hobby will be a great deal poorer in his absence.
We know fishkeepers everywhere will extend their condolences to Gloria and the rest of Malcolm’s family at this sad time.
Over 2000 fishkeepers and hobbyists, many who queued from 8am, attended the opening of Fishkeeper Scotland’s new flagship store in Edinburgh on September 3–4.
The new store, at Dobbies Melville, is the company’s second in Edinburgh, and its ninth in Scotland. The open event raised funds for two charities close to the hearts of staff — the Sick Kids Hospital and the SSPCA. There was an official ribbon cutting ceremony, goody bags for the first 70 customers, kids’ face painting, a celebratory 2ft ‘Golden nugget’ fish cake, a Forth 1 radio roadshow with DJ Mark Martin and various competitions, discounts and offers.
The new store has been given a complete revamp since taking over the Dobbies aquatic concession and now stocks over 5,000 tropical freshwater, marine, coldwater and pondfish, along with invertebrates. It also features a 6,500 l Koi pond, where visitors can feed the fish.
Colin Christian, Fishkeeper Scotland’s Regional Director, said: “The feedback already received has been hugely positive not only on the layout and increased stock but also on the unusual and rare species that are now available, many of which have never been seen in Scotland.
“I’m confident the new store will continue to be a huge hit with customers who are in great hands with the fantastic team we have on board — all are fishkeepers with incredible knowledge and experience in everything aquatic and who have done a great job getting the store ready in time for our big weekend.
“This is part of a major store roll-out plan which we are really excited about and on track to complete within the next 12 months, taking our total number of stores in Scotland to 14,” he added.
The new store also stocks a wide range dry goods and offers a choice of over 200 aquariums, including the company’s own AquaOak range.
You can find it at Dobbies Garden Centre, Melville Nursery, Lasswade, Edinburgh, EH18 1AZ. Tel. 0131 663 9814. Opening times: Monday–Friday: 9:00am–7pm; Saturday–Sunday: 9am–6pm.
Fishkeeper Scotland is an independently operated arm of Maidenhead Aquatics.
Woodford Aquatics is a well established and growing aquatic retailer which is looking for full time staff to work at its store in London.
The ideal candidate will have retail and or aquatic knowledge, although any person who has the enthusiasm to learn the industry would be considered for the role.
For more information please call 0208 505 6444 or email your cv to firstname.lastname@example.org
Woodford Aquatics, 115-117 Maybank Road, South Woodford, London, E18 1EJ.
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Fans of plecos are in for a real treat on Sunday, October 16 when The Catfish Study Group heads to Scotland for a special Loricariidae event to be held in Livingston, West Lothian.
Julian Dignall will be giving a talk entitled ‘Intro to L-numbers’ at 12.30pm, followed by Mark Walters on ‘Breeding L-numbers’ at 2.30pm.
Doors open at 12pm. Entry costs a mere 50p and parking is free. Hot food and drinks will be available and there will be table show and sales.
The venue is Livingston Station Community Centre, 4 Main Street, Livingston, West Lothian, EH54 8BE.
For more info see the Catfish Study Group website.
A couple who found themselves on the receiving end of a $1 million lawsuit after giving a pet-sitting service a poor review can sleep easily again, after a judge dismissed the lawsuit.
Michelle and Robert Duchouquette, who live in Texas, had hired Prestigious Pets to come in and take care of their Siamese fighter ‘Gordy’, and to walk and feed their dogs, while they were away on holiday.
However, a video camera was installed on the tank to monitor the fish and after watching the footage the couple left the following on Yelp, accompanied by a one-star rating:
“The one star is for potentially harming my fish, otherwise it would have been two stars. We have a camera on the bowl and we watched the water go from clear to cloudy. There was a layer of food on the bottom from way too much being put in it. Even if you don’t have fish, you should be able to see the change in the bowl and stop putting in food. Better yet, ask us how much to feed if you are unsure.”
The couple also criticised the company in the review for what they said was its poor communication and lack of clarity on pricing.
However, they did add that “the care of our dogs was fine”.
Prestigious Pets claimed that the negative review defamed the company and violated the non-disparagement clause in its contract with the Duchouquettes. It also accused their alleged overfeeding of the fish as tantamount to libel, as overfeeding is akin to animal cruelty, which is a crime.
Judge Jim Jordan said that the defendants were simply exercising their right to free speech by writing the negative review and dismissed the case, ordering Prestigious Pets to pay the couple’s attorney fees with sanctions to deter them from bringing similar lawsuits in the future.
Pedigree Wholesale is looking for a full time Field Sales Representative for its Aquatics division, to cover the company’s Southern Region.
Pedigree Wholesale is one of the leading distributors of pet and aquatic products into the UK independent retail sector. Founded on firm family values the company has 40 years’ experience serving the independent aquatic trade and works closely with with its customers, the retailers to help grow their sales and profit.
Pedigree Wholesale says: “This role will involve working closely with independent fish retailers to plan and carry out aquatic sales activities.
You will be responsible for:
● Managing existing relationships and profitability across a set geographical area.
● Targeting new business to ensure continued growth within the region.
● Achieve agreed sales targets.
● Developing a call schedule to maintain and grow the territory.
● Monitor and report on activities providing the relevant management information.
You will have the following skills and experience:
● A passion for all things Aquatic! We want to see demonstrable experience of your love and understanding of Aquatics and Aquatic products.
● Field sales experience.
● Excellent communication skills and the ability to relate closely with your customers.
● Full UK driving license.
● Self-motivated to drive the business forward.
Location: Southern region including East Anglia, Northants, Oxford, Home Counties, Milton Keynes.
Salary: £25,000 + bonus + car and benefits
Duration: Permanent/Full time
To apply for this role please send a copy of your CV to email@example.com or for more information please call 0116 2080246.
Closing date for applications is September 16, 2016.
A turtle that was stolen from her tank at Blue Planet Aquarium in Ellesmere Port has been returned safe and well — in a washing up bowl.
Clyde, who is a 20cm/8in mud turtle, was reportedly taken from an aquarium by a young boy who climbed into the tank on Tuesday. CCTV later showed a boy carrying something under his jumper.
Experts had warned that Clyde could die without specialist care. Fortunately she was returned on Wednesday. A spokesperson for Cheshire Police said that after speaking to the group of people who returned the turtle, the matter had been dealt with through 'restorative justice' and no arrests made.
To celebrate and to say a huge 'thank you' to everyone who tweeted and shared posts heralding her return, Blue Planet has announced that it is slashing 25% off prices this weekend (September 3–4) on pre-booked tickets, in an online only special offer.
A gorgeous new species of fairy wrasse has been described from the Timor Sea, in northern Australia.
Cirrhilabrus hygroxerus is currently known only from a single reef area in the eastern
Timor Sea. It was collected and observed in depths of about 18–37m in habitats with sloping rubble bottoms and scattered outcrops of rock or coral.
The male reaches around 5.4cm/2.2in, the female slightly smaller.
The species is named hygroxerus (from Greek hygros, meaning wet, and xeros, meaning dry), with reference to the monsoonal cycle of wet and dry seasons of northern tropical Australia. The name is also intended as an acknowledgment of Monsoon Aquatics, the aquarium fish company that supplied all the type specimens for the study.
Cirrhilabrus hygroxerus is described by Gerald Allen and Michael Hammer in the Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation.