FLASHER WRASSE (Paracheilinus nursalim) © Gerald Allen/Conservation International
Paracheilinus nursalim, was discovered on a Conservation International Rapid Assessment Program (RAP) expedition in west Papua Indonesia in 2006.
The males go through an amazing courtship ritual in which “electric” colours are flashed periodically to attract nearby females. The courtship dance takes place every afternoon, beginning about one hour before sundown and continuing until dusk. The modified mouth and lips allow the fish to feed, breathe, and attach to the substrate through suction; Parental care is usually well-developed and the male guards the eggs and sometimes the larvae.
This species was bid on at the blue auction and is named after the family of CI Board Member Enki Tan’s wife, Cherie Nursalim. The donation went to the Bird’s Head Seascape, a global priority for marine conservation.
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