Twinstripe Fusilier (Pterocaesio marri) is also known as Marr's Fusilier, the Big-tail Fusilier, and the Black-tipped Fusilier

Twinstripe Fusilier- Facts and Photographs

The Twinstripe Fusilier (Pterocaesio marri) is also known as Marr's Fusilier, the Big-tail Fusilier, and the Black-tipped Fusilier. They are fairly common on the East African coast and are often seen swimmi...
Ruddy Fusilier (Pterocaesio pisang) is also known as the Bleeker's Fusilier and the Banana Fusilier.

Ruddy Fusilier- Facts and Photographs

The Ruddy Fusilier (Pterocaesio pisang) is also known as the Bleeker's Fusilier and the Banana Fusilier. They are fairly common on the East African coast and often swim with other species of Fusiliers.  AP...
Gold Sash Fusilier (Caesio xanthalytos) is also known as the Yellow Sash Fusilier

Gold Sash Fusilier- Facts and Photographs

The Gold Sash Fusilier (Caesio xanthalytos) is also known as the Yellow Sash Fusilier. The species was only described in 2013. They are fairly common on the East African coast and often swim with other spec...
the Yellowback Anthias (Pseudanthias evansi)is alsoknown as the Goldback Anthias, Goldback Basslet and Purple Wreckfish.

Yellowback Anthias – Facts and Photographs

The the Yellowback Anthias (Pseudanthias evansi) is also known as the Goldback Anthias, Goldback Basslet and the Purple Wreckfish. They are abundant on the East African coast in some areas and scarce in oth...
Red-breasted Wrasse (Cheilinus fasciatus) is also known as the Banded maori wrasse, the Red-banded wrasse and the Scarlet-breasted wrasse

Red-breasted Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Red-breasted Wrasse (Cheilinus fasciatus) is also known as the Banded maori wrasse, the Red-banded wrasse and the Scarlet-breasted wrasse.  APPEARANCE Unlike most wrasses there is no major variation b...
Redcheek Wrasse (Thalassoma genivittatum) is also known as the Dolphin wrasse

Redcheek Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Redcheek Wrasse (Thalassoma genivittatum) is also known as the Dolphin wrasse from the juveniles resemblance to a Dolphin.  This can be seen in the image below. They tend to favor the tops of semi prote...
Pastel Ring Wrasse (Hologymnosus doliatus) is also known as the Candy cane wrasse, Longface wrasse, Narrow-banded wrasse, Ringed rainbowfish and simply the Ringed wrasse

Pastel Ring Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Pastel Ring Wrasse (Hologymnosus doliatus) is also known as the Candy cane wrasse, Longface wrasse, Narrow-banded wrasse, Ringed rainbowfish and simply the Ringed wrasse. They are not a common wrasse on...
Blackbar Damselfish, Plectroglyphidodon dickii is also known as the Narrowbar Damselfish, the Blackbar Devil and Dicks Devil

Blackbar Damselfish – Facts and Photographs

The Blackbar Damselfish, Plectroglyphidodon dickii is also known as the Narrowbar Damselfish, the Blackbar Devil and Dicks Devil. Despite their small size and lack of bright coloration they have a lot of ch...
Barred rubberlip (Plectorhinchus plagiodesmus) is also known as the Redlined Sweetlips

Barred Rubberlip – Facts and Photographs

The Barred rubberlip (Plectorhinchus plagiodesmus) is also known as the Yellow Mouth Sweetlips. They are a species of grunt, closely related to the snappers. They have thick fleshy lips hence the name rubbe...
Somali Butterflyfish ( Chaetodon leucopleura)

Somali Butterflyfish – Facts and Photographs

The Somali Butterflyfish ( Chaetodon leucopleura) is not a common fish on the Tanzanian coast. They are reportedly more common on the Kenyan and Somali coasts. APPEARANCE Somali Butterflyfish have a white...
Archer Butterflyfish ( Chaetodon bennetti) is also known as Bennetts Butterflyfish, the Bluelashed Butterflyfish and the Eclipse Butterflyfish

Archer Butterflyfish – Facts and Photographs

The Archer Butterflyfish ( Chaetodon bennetti) is also known as Bennetts Butterflyfish, the Bluelashed Butterflyfish and the Eclipse Butterflyfish.  They are not a commonly seen species and are fairly rare ...
Masked Bannerfish (Heniochus monoceros) , is also known as the Masked coachman or Unicorn Pennant Coralfish

Masked Bannerfish – Facts and Photographs

The Masked Bannerfish (Heniochus monoceros) , is also known as the Masked coachman or Unicorn Pennant Coralfish. They are not a commonly seen species and are fairly rare in Tanzanian waters. Bannerfish are ...
Bluelined Shrimp goby (Cryptocentrus bulbiceps) may be conspecific to Cryptocentrus fasciatus

Bluelined Shrimp Goby – Facts and Photographs

The Bluelined Shrimp goby (Cryptocentrus bulbiceps) may be conspecific to Cryptocentrus fasciatus as the two resemble each other. Possibly only DNA testing may confirm this. They are common in some areas of...
Lined Butterflyfish (Chaetodon lineolatus) is also known as the Line Butterflyfish, Lined Butterfly and New-moon Coralfish

Lined Butterflyfish – Facts and Photographs

The Lined Butterflyfish (Chaetodon lineolatus) is also known as the Line Butterflyfish, Lined Butterfly and New-moon Coralfish .  They are the largest of the Butterflyfish and are widely distributed but are...
Raccoon butterflyfish (Chaetodon lunula) is also known as the Lunula butterflyfish, Halfmoon butterflyfish and the Crescent-masked Butterflyfish

Raccoon Butterflyfish – Facts and Photographs

The Raccoon butterflyfish (Chaetodon lunula) is also known as the Lunula butterflyfish, Halfmoon butterflyfish and the Crescent-masked Butterflyfish.  They are common mainly on the shallower reefs on the co...
Queen wrasse (Coris Formosa) is also known as the Queen Coris and the Formosa wrasse

Queen Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Queen wrasse (Coris Formosa) is also known as the Queen Coris and the Formosa wrasse. They are not a common wrasse on Tanzanian reefs and the large adult males are quite rare. As with many wrasses the c...
Spot Tail Dartfish, Ptereleotris heteroptera, is also known as the Blacktail Dartfish, Indigo Dartfish and Blacktail Goby.

Spot Tail Dartfish-Facts and Photographs

The Spot Tail Dartfish, Ptereleotris heteroptera, is also known as the Blacktail Dartfish, Indigo Dartfish, Blue Gudgeon Dartfish and Blacktail Goby. They are relatively shy fish and as their name suggests ...
Regal Demoiselle (Neopomacentrus cyanomos) is also known as the Regal Damselfish and the Cresecent Damselfish

Regal Demoiselle- Facts and Photographs

The Regal Demoiselle (Neopomacentrus cyanomos) is also known as the Regal Damselfish and the Cresecent Damselfish. They are found in very few locations in Tanzanian waters but where they are found there ten...
Blackflap Blenny (Cirripectes auritus) also known as the Eared Blenny

Blackflap Blenny – Facts and Photographs

The Blackflap Blenny (Cirripectes auritus) also known as the Eared Blenny and the Black-eared Eyelash Blenny. They are combtooth blennies that make their home in holes, usually in corals and sponges.  ...
robust ghost pipefish (Solenostomus cyanopterus)

Robust Ghost Pipefish – Facts and Photographs

The Robust Ghost pipefish (Solenostomus cyanopterus) is also known as the Ghost pipefish and the Racek's Ghost pipefish.  Although they are called pipefish, they are not true Pipefish.  They fall  in the sa...