Quality Marine Receives Five Species from Australia for the First Time


Quality Marine periodically sends press releases to AquaNerd and we are pleased to be able to share this information with our readers. Keep reading to learn more about some 1st time ever arrivals from Australia.

Quality Marine has imported five species of coral and fish for the first time from Australia. Our Australian partners supply Quality Marine with an extensive list of rare and beautiful species, and are a model for their commitment to sustainable collection.

The Slender Seaver Anthias (Luzonichthys seaver) was just described back in 2015 from two specimens that were collected in Micronesia between depths of 90 to 100 meters. The Slender Seaver is the seventh member of the Luzonichthys genus, which is also known as splitfin anthias because their dorsal fin is separated. Unlike many other anthias, there does not seem to be sexual dimorphism with L. seaver. Not much is known about the Slender Seaver Anthias, however, it does appear to be the most attractive from the genus and we are ecstatic to have them here at Quality Marine.


The Neon Triplefin Blenny (Helcogramma striata) is a tropical fish found near reefs in water between 0 and 30 meters deep. Adults are generally found in small groups or singly on sponges in coastal reefs. In the wild, they feed on zooplankton that drifts past them.


The Morrison’s Dragonet (Synchiropus morrisoni) can be seen scooting around algae covered rocks in reefs from 10 to 40 meters deep. There they feed on small benthic invertebrates and zooplankton. This mottled red dragonet will only grow to be about 3 inches in size, which coupled with their camouflage makes them very difficult to find in their natural habitat.


The Green Walking Dendro Coral (Heteropsammia cochlea) is relatively new to the hobby and is impossible to not be impressed by. They look similar to a Duncanopsammia coral (commonly known as Duncan or Whisker Coral) except the Dendro will actually move around the aquarium, which is how it got its name. This coral “walks” via a relationship with a sipunculid worm commonly known as the peanut worm. The coral benefits from the worm moving it about where it can find food. In addition, this coral is typically found in mud flats where it could easily get buried without the help of this worm. It is unknown whether the worm benefits or is harmed by this commensalism.


The Pillar Coral (Psammocora sp.) has an unusual growth form for SPS coral; it will first encrust its surrounding surface then will begin to grow thick branches that are usually very irregular. This coral can be placed just about anywhere in the aquarium as long as they experience moderate to high flow. It is very important to keep detritus from settling on Pillar Corals. They can handle most lighting levels, however, if placement in high lighting is preferred then be sure to acclimate it slowly.

Very, very few of these species show up in the aquarium hobby, so it’s quite a treat to see them here at Quality Marine. Our Australian partners are Short Supply Chains, which offer the shortest transit and holding times as well as being some of the most sustainably harvested and managed collection sites.

About Quality Marine

Celebrating over 35 years in business, Quality Marine continues to provide the Aquarium industry with the highest quality and widest selection of marine fish and invertebrates. As our business grows, we still focus on the keys to our success, Quality, Variety, and Service, second to none.
With arguably the most state of the art marine fish holding facility in North America, Quality Marine leads the industry in animal holding and filtration capacity, and system stability. Water in our centralized holding systems is treated by 12 kilowatts of quartz-shielded ultraviolet sterilizers, large protein skimmers with very high output ozonizers and specially designed, highly efficient mechanical and biological filtration equipment. Nearly all of the aquaria in our 40,000 square foot facility are individually equipped with independent fill and drain systems allowing thousands of individual fish to have their own sterilized water supply, minimizing the potential for the spread of parasites and other water-borne pathogens.
Quality Marine works tirelessly to support responsible operators that collect in a sustainable manner and protect the reef habitat. We encourage all industry professionals to do the same. As one of only a few MAC certified importers, we continue to exhibit our commitment to helping make this industry a better one, to help protect our resources for not only the longevity of our trade, but also for the preservation of the environment. We import upwards of 30 shipments to our _____________
Los Angeles facility throughout each week to ensure our customers have a steady inventory of the highest quality marine ornamental specimens to order from. We work with our best supply lines exclusively to ensure we maintain consistency, regularity and best fill rates.state of the art holding facility

Quality Marine acclimates all specimens from ocean water to synthetic seawater as a service to the retailer. Our holding systems use only the best synthetic seawater, Tropic Marin, to condition all fish and invertebrates prior to shipment. Each specimen is acclimated, tanked, rested and fed prior to shipping and is individually screened numerous times before it is packed. We send hundreds of shipments every month throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and worldwide to all major international airports.
Our facility is just minutes away from the Los Angeles International Airport. When visiting L.A., please stop by for a visit.

About Author

Scott Groseclose is the owner of AquaNerd, Aquarium Specialty, Aqua Specialty Wholesale, BioTek Marine, & The Carolina Reef Experience. He has a degree in Biology from St. Andrews University and he has been a passionate reef keeper since 1988.