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Sea Goldies in the Blue Hole

A swarm of female sea goldies (Pseudanthias squamipinnis) adds a splash of color to the coral drop-off in the Blue Hole. The male sea goldie retains a harem of 5-10 females, which is why the number of femal...
Clearfin Lionfish (Pterois radiata)

Clearfin Lionfish

A clearfin lionfish (Pterois radiata), also known as the tailbar lionfish, radiata lionfish or radial firefish perches on a coral rock off the coast of Dar es Salaam. This is the only lionfish species which has...
zebra lionfish

Zebra Lionfish in Dar es Salaam

A zebra lionfish (Dendrochirus zebra), also known as a dwarf lionfish, rests on a barrel sponge (Xestospongia testudinaria) off the coast of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Lionfish have venomous spines that can b...
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Lateral Line of a Moorish Idol

Look closely at this photograph of a moorish idol (Zanclus cornutus) and you will see the lateral line running along the moorish idol's body in the the center...
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Top 11 Most Beautiful Fish in East Africa

The Indian Ocean is blessed with an array of fascinating tropical fish, in countless shapes, colors and sizes. Some so mesmerizing and unique that they stand out among their peers, which is why we decided to cr...
moorish idols

A Mated Pair

A mated pair of moorish idols (Zanclus cornutus) photographed while scuba diving at Bongoyo Patches, a 15 meter deep reef off the coast of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Moorish idols are often seen alone, but th...
Red Lionfish (Pterois volitans)

Lionfish on Slemmestad

A red lionfish (Pterois volitans) perched on the base of the Slemmestad Wreck in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Red lionfish are native to the Indo-Pacific region, as well as the western and central Pacific and o...
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Black Volitan Lionfish

A black volitan lionfish (Pterois volitans) with venomous spines fully outstretched in efforts to deter the photographer, a potential predator. Photographed while scuba diving off...
Pseudanthias squamipinnis

Harem of Sea Goldies

A harem of female sea goldies (Pseudanthias squamipinnis), photographed while scuba diving at Jena Wall off the coast of Mafia Island. See more photos at...
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Moorish Idol

A handsome moorish idol (Zanclus cornutus, Linnaeus 1758), photographed while scuba diving off the coast of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This highly distinctive, exquisite looking fish was named by the Moors in...
Caerulean Damsel Fish

Caerulean Damsel Fish

The electric blue and yellow caerulean damsel fish (Pomacentrus caeruleus) is found in the Western Indian Ocean from East Africa to the Maldives and inhabits reefs and lagoons in shallow to moderate depths ...
Powder Blue Surgeon

Powder Blue Surgeon

The powder blue surgeon (Acanthurus leucosternon) is also known as the powder blue tang and has an oval shaped body that is compressed laterally. As with the other surgeon fish it has a blade on the base of the...
Moorish Idol

Moorish Idols

The Moorish idol with its classic shape and long pointed nose was brought into public prominence by the Pixar film, Finding Nemo. Today they adorn beach towels, shower curtains, clothing and even wall paper...
Moorish Idol

Submerged with a Moorish Idol

Submerged under a reef of coral with a tantalizing Moorish Idol. Now we get it, we really get why the Moors were glad to call this fish their own. The water flashes with a compressed body of black, white an...
emperor angelfish, Pomacanthus imperator

Emperor Angelfish

The The emperor angelfish Pomacanthus imperator also known as the imperator. It certainly lives up to its name and is a stunning fish and the sight of one cruising the reef is likely to stay in ones memory ...
Sea Goldies

Sea Goldies

Sea Goldies (Pseudanthias squamipinnis) are also known as the Wreckfish, Lyretail Coralfish, Lyretail Anthias Basslets, Sea Bass, Orange Basslet, Orange Sea Perch, Red Coral Perch, Jewel Fairy Basslet,and S...
Regal Angelfish or Royal Angelfish Pygoplites diacanthus

Regal Angelfish- Facts and Photographs

The Regal Angelfish or Royal Angelfish Pygoplites diacanthus is one of the angel fish in the genus Pygoplites. With its vivid coloration it is a striking fish. They stand out underwater even when the visibility...
Sea Goldies

Colorful Goldies

Sea goldies, males in red, female in orange. The sea goldie is a protogynous hermaphrodite; a male retains a harem of five to 10 females, but when the male dies, one of the females will undergo sex reversal...