varicose phyllidia Phyllidia varicosa

Varicose Phyllidia -Facts and Photographs

The varicose phyllidia (phyllidia varicosa)  is a dorid nudibranch, a marine gastropod mollusk. It obtains its scientific name varicose which means swollen veins, from the resemblance of the ridges to swoll...
trumpetfish (Aulostomus chinensis)

Trumpetfish-Stealthy Swimming Predators

The Chinese trumpetfish (Aulostomus chinensis)  gets its name from its resemblance to a trumpet. They are strange looking fish that often swim vertically to blend in with their surroundings. They are relate...
egg cowrie, (Ovula ovum)

Egg Cowrie – Facts and Photographs

  The egg cowrie, (Ovula ovum) is a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Ovulidae, known as the false cowries or allied cowries. Technically they are not cowries per se but because of their simila...
white-mouth moray eel (Caesio xanthonota)

White-Mouth Moray Eel-Facts and Photographs

The white-mouth moray eel (Caesio xanthonota)  also known as the comet moray eel or  guinea fowl moray eel is probably the most attractive looking moray apart from the Dragon Moray (Enchelycore pardalis) ...
Eels giant moray (Gymnothorax javanicus)

Giant Moray Eel-Facts and Photographs

The he giant moray (Gymnothorax javanicus) is the largest moray eel in terms of mass. An adult has a formidable set of rear facing teeth to go with its proportionally large mouth. APPEARANCE As the name s...
Striped Eel Catfish

Striped Eel Catfish-Facts-Photographs and Video

The Striped eel catfish (Plotosus lineatus) also known as the oriental catfish is a species of eel catfish that often congregates in large balls particularly as juveniles. They may look harmless but they ha...
banded coral shrimp (Tenopus hispidus)

Banded Coral Shrimp-Facts and Photographs

  The banded coral shrimp (Tenopus hispidus) is also known as the banded cleaner shrimp. They are shrimp-like decapod crustaceans belonging to the infraorder Stenopodidea. Their bright red and white...
tiger cowrie (Cypraea tigris)

The Tiger Cowrie – Facts and Photographs

The tiger cowrie (Cypraea tigris) is one of the larger species of cowrie. They are marine snails in the family Cypraeidae. They are an extremely attractive sight as they move across the reef. APPEARANCE R...
Flower Cardinalfish Apogon fleurieu

Flower Cardinalfish a Saltwater Mouthbrooder

The flower cardinalfish Apogon fleurieu is also known as the Bulls eye Cardinalfish and Ring tailed cardinalfish. They are one of the few species of saltwater fish that are mouth brooders. APPEARANCE The ...
Willey's Halgerda Halgerda willeyi

Willey’s Halgerda – Facts and Photographs

  Willey's halgerda, Halgerda willeyi is a dorid nudibranch. As with other nudibranchs, they are shell-less marine gastropod mollusks. To make up for the lack of protection from not having a shell, ...
Smith's xanthid Eriphia smithii

Smiths Xanthid – Facts and Photographs

  Smith's xanthid Eriphia smithii is a commonly found crab on the East coast of Africa. APPEARANCE Smith's xanthid  grow to a maximum carapace width of  of 60 centimeters and have proportionately ...
golden trevally Gnathanodon speciosus

Golden Trevally – Facts and Photographs

The golden trevally Gnathandon speciosus is also known as the golden kingfish, banded kingfish and in Hawaii it is called the yellow ulua or papio. It is a member of the horse mackrel or jack family. GOLDEN T...
Tailspot Squirrelfish - Sargocentron caudimaculatum

Tailspot Squirrelfish-Facts and Photographs

  The tailspot squirrelfish Sargocentron caudimaculatum, is also known as the whitetail squirrelfish or silverspot squirrelfish. They are members of the sub family Holocentridae,  which are known as...
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Nudi City – Mafia Island, Tanzania

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALAN SUTTON Nudi city is a scuba dive site in the channel between Mafia Island and Chole Island.  The name nudi city is a reference to the unusually large number of nudibranchs in the area...
oriental sweetlips Plectorhinchus vittatus

Oriental Sweetlips – Facts and Photographs

The oriental sweetlips Plectorhinchus vittatus, also known as the Indian Ocean oriental sweetlips , is a species of grunt. Closely related to the snappers, grunts have smaller mouths and teeth and thicker f...
pickhandle barracuda (Sphyraena jello)

Pickhandle Barracuda – Facts and Photographs

The pickhandle barracuda (Sphyraena jello) , is also known as the Jello Barracuda, Banded Barracuda, Yellowtail Barracuda and Sea Pike. Barracuda are known as the tigers of the sea and are voracious predato...
Aglaophenia cupressina stinging hydroid fire weed

Stinging Sea Creatures-Fireweed

It may look like a plant, but Aglaophenia cupressina is actually a stinging hydroid. Commonly known as feather fireweed, fire hydroid, stinging seaweed or simply fireweed. Brush against it and you might not...