Tripletail Wrasse, Cheilinus trilobatus is also known as Maori Wrasse, Trilobed Maori Wrasse, Tripletail Maori, Triple-tail Maori-wrasse and Trippletail Maori Wrasse.

Floral Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Floral Wrasse, Cheilinus chlorourus is also known as Floral Maori Wrasse. They are one of the larger wrasses and are usually very shy and because of this are very difficult to approach and photograph. ...
blacksaddle filefish, Paraluteres prionurus, is also known as the mimic

Blacksaddle Filefish – Facts and Photographs

The Blacksaddle filefish, Paraluteres prionurus, is also known as the Mimic filefish or Blacksaddle leatherjacket. Their coloration and shape mimics the poisonous Blacksaddle toby Canthigaster valentini. ...
Porcelain Anemone Crab, Neopetrolisthes maculosus

Porcelain Anemone Crab- Facts and Photographs

  The Porcelain Anemone Crab, Neopetrolisthes maculatus is also known as the Spotted porcelain crab. They are decapod crustaceans in the Porcellanidae family. Although they resemble true crabs they ...
Spotted sandperch, Parapercis punctulata

Spotted Sandperch – Facts and Photographs

The Spotted sandperch, Parapercis punctulata is a common inhabitant of the rubble areas between the reef on the Tanzanian coast. As can be seen in the image above the males are quite attractive looking fish...
Cloudy dascyllus, Dascyllus carneus is also known as the Two bar Humbug or Indian dascyllus

Cloudy Dascyllus – Facts and Photographs

The Cloudy dascyllus, Dascyllus carneus is also known as the Two bar Humbug or Indian dascyllus. They are commonly found in small shoals over branching corals. APPEARANCE There is little variation in colo...
Foursaddle grouper, Epinephelus spilotoceps

Four Saddle Grouper – Facts and Photographs

The Four saddle grouper, Epinephelus spilotoceps obtains its name from the four saddles on the dorsal and caudal area. They are not commonly seen in Tanzania and to date we have only seen three specimens. ...

Adorned Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

  The Adorned Wrasse (Halichoeres cosmetus) is also known as the Cosmetic wrasse. They are small colourful fast moving wrasses that are common on the reefs and surrounding areas in Tanzania. As with...
Striated wrasse, Pseudocheilinus evanidus

Striated Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

    The Striated wrasse, Pseudocheilinus evanidus is also known as the Disappearing wrasse and the Secretive wrasse. They obtain the latter two names because of their extremely reclusive beh...
six line wrasse, Pseudocheilinus hexataenia

Six Line Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

bu   The Six line wrasse, Pseudocheilinus hexataenia also known as the Six Stripe Wrasse.  With its vivid purple and orange colouration it is an exceptionally pretty wrasse that stands out against th...
Aluterus scriptus, commonly known as scrawled filefish, broomtail filefish or scribbled leatherjacket,

Scrawled Filefish – Facts and Photographs

consequently The Scrawled File Fish (Aluterus scriptus) is also known as the broomtail filefish or scribbled leatherjacket. They are unusual looking fishes and are capable of rapid color changes to blend...
Flower urchin,Toxopneustes pileolus

Stinging Sea Creatures-Flower Urchin

  The Flower urchin, Toxopneustes pileolus may look pretty but it is not something to be touched.  When scuba divers are given their dive briefing and warned to only leave bubbles and not to touch o...
Day octopus, Octopus cyanea . 

Day Octopus – Facts Photographs and Video

The Day octopus, Octopus cyanea is also known as Cyane's octopus, the Big Red octopus, White-spotted octopus or the Grass octopus. As its name suggests is diurnal and unusually for an octopus hunts during t...

Domino Damselfish – Facts and Photographs

  The Domino Damselfish, Dascyllus trimaculatus is also known as the Three Spot Dascyllus. Despite their small size and lack of bright coloration they have a lot of character. APPEARANCE The base ...
moon wrasse (Thalassoma lunare)

Moon Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

Bein The Moon Wrasse (Thalassoma lunare) is also known as the Lunar wrasse or Crescent tail wrasse. They obtain their name from the crescent shaped tail that is present in the adults. APPEARANCE Moon wrass...
ornate spiny lobster Panulirus ornatus

Ornate Spiny Lobster – Facts and Photographs

,be The Ornate spiny lobster, Panulirus ornatus is also known as the Tropical rock lobster and the Ornate tropical rock lobster . They are among the largest of the Panuliris lobsters and are greatly favored ...
Crescent Tail Bigeye Priacanthus hamrur, is also known as the lunar-tailed bigeye, goggle eye, or moontail bulls eye

Crescent Tail Bigeye – Facts and Photographs

The Crescent Tail Bigeye Priacanthus hamrur, is also known as the Lunar-tailed bigeye, Goggle eye, or Moontail bulls eye.  As can be seen in the images they obtain their name from their large eye and their cr...
Bicolour toby, Canthigaster smithae is also known as the Smiths Pufferfish

Bicolor Toby – Facts and Photographs

  The Bicolor toby, Canthigaster smithae is also known as the Smiths Pufferfish. They belong to the genus Canthigaster, whose members are called sharp-nosed puffers or tobies and who are much smalle...
Variegated Lizardfish also known as the Reef or Red Banded Lizzardfish, Synodus variegatus

Variegated Lizardfish- Facts and Photographs

The Variegated Lizardfish (Synodus variegatus) is also known as the Reef Lizardfish or Red Banded Lizardfish. Lizardfish are so named because the long tapered body and head resemble a lizard. APPEARANCE T...
Durban Dancing Shrimp - Rhynchocinetes durbanensis

Durban Dancing Shrimp- Facts and Photographs

The Durban Dancing Shrimp (Rhynchocinetes durbanensis) is also known as the camel shrimp, camelback shrimp, candy shrimp and the hingebeak prawn.  They obtain their name from the sideways movement that they...
bigfin reef squid or oval squid Sepioteuthis lessoniana

Bigfin Reef Squid- Facts Photographs and Video

The Bigfin reef squid, (Sepioteuthis lessoniana) is also known as the Oval squid. They obtain their name from the fin which almost completely circles their body.  This gives them a superficial resemblance t...
anemone hermit crab, Dardanus pedunculatus

Anemone Hermit Crab- Facts and Photographs

  The Anemone hermit crab, Dardanus pedunculatus has a mutualistic symbiotic relationship with the anemone Calliactis polypus. The anemones are collected by the crab and placed on its shell. The Ane...