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Cryptic Sponge crab Cryptodromiopsis spongiosa

Sponge Crab- Facts and Photographs

The Sponge crab Lauridromia dehaani is not often seen due to their nocturnal habits. During the day they hide in crevices or holes and are usually only seen at night.  As their name implies they decorate th...
Phyllidiella zeylanica

Phyllidiella zeylanica-Facts and Photographs

ap The Phyllidiella zeylanica is a dorid nudibranch, a marine gastropod mollusk. They were first described in Sri Lanka by Keelart in 1859 hence the name Zeylonika. They are known as the Ceylon Phyllidiella ...
Phyllidiopsis shireenae

Phyllidiopsis shireenae -Facts and Photographs

The Phyllidiopsis shireenae is a species of colourful sea slug. They are dorid nudibranchs, marine gastropod mollusks. They were first described in 1993 by Brunckhorst. APPEARANCE Phyllidiopsis shireenae ...
Mozambique scorpionfish Parascorpaena Mossambica

Mozambique Scorpionfish- Facts and Photographs

The Mozambique scorpionfish Parascorpaena Mossambica is one of the smaller scorpionfish. They have a very distinctive set of elongated cirri above the eyes that resemble antlers. As with all the scorpionfis...
Scuba diving Tanzania East Africa Mafia Island

The Dive Sites of Mainland Tanzania

Tanzania has a fairly long undeveloped coastline 1424 km long, with many undiscovered diving spots that are undoubtedly going to develop in the future. The three main large islands of Pemba, Ungudja ( known...
geometric moray (Gymnothorax griseus)

Geometric Moray Eel-Facts and Photographs

The geometric moray (Gymnothorax griseus) is one of the smaller and more docile moray eels. APPEARANCE The geometric moray eel has a grey or lilac coloured head with geometric dotted patterns on it. These...
Tiger Cardinalfish, Cheilodipterus macrodon

Tiger Cardinalfish-Facts and Photographs

The Tiger Cardinalfish, Cheilodipterus macrodon is also known as the  large-toothed cardinalfish. They are one of the few species of saltwater fish that are mouth brooders. APPEARANCE The Tiger Cardinalfi...
Umbilical Egg Cowrie (Calpurnus verrucosus)

Umbilical Egg Cowrie – Facts and Photographs

The Umbilical Egg Cowrie, (Calpurnus verrucosus) also known as the Verruca Cowrie or  Little Egg Cowrie is a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Ovulidae, known as the false cowries or allied cowries. Te...
sea dragon pteraeolidia ianthina

Sea Dragon – Facts and Photographs

The Sea Dragon Pteraeolidia ianthina or Blue Dragon as it is known in Australia  is a dorid nudibranch, a marine gastropod mollusk. They are in the superfamily Aeolidioidea and are known as aeolids. APPEAR...
Arothron meleagris, guineafowl pufferfish or golden pufferfish

Guineafowl Pufferfish – Facts and Photographs

The the guineafowl puffer or golden puffer, Arothron meleagris are a fairly common sight on the reefs in East Africa. They obtain their name from the coloration which resembles that of a Guineafowl.  As wit...
Phyllidiopsis gemmata

Phyllidiopsis gemmata -Facts and Photographs

The Phyllidiopsis gemmate is a species of colourful sea slug. They are dorid nudibranchs, marine gastropod mollusks. They were first described in Java in 1957 by Pruvot-Fol. APPEARANCE Phyllidiopsis gemma...
Nembrotha aurea sea slug, a dorid nudibranch, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Polyceridae.

Nembrotha aurea – Facts and Photographs

The Nembrotha aurea is a species of colourful sea slug. They are dorid nudibranchs, marine gastropod mollusks. APPEARANCE Nembrotha aurea have an elongated shape and smooth skin.  The body has black lines...
laced moray (Gymnothorax favagineus) also known as the leopard moray,

Honeycomb Moray Eel-Facts and Photographs

The Honeycomb moray (Gymnothorax favagineus) also known as the leopard or laced moray is one of the larger more attractive morays. APPEARANCE The Honeycomb moray eel is a light whitish brown to yellowish ...
zebra moray, Gymnomuraena zebra, a species of moray eel in the family Muraenidae

Zebra Moray Eel- Facts and Photographs

The zebra moray, Gymnomuraena zebra as its name implies is a dark colored moray with white stripes. They are one of the more reclusive moray eels. As they are nocturnal they are not commonly seen. APPEARAN...
Nemateleotris magnifica, the Fire Goby, Fire Fish, Fire Dartfish, or Red Fire Goby

Fire Dartfish-Facts and Photographs

The Fire Dartfish Nemateleotris magnifica also known as the fire goby or Red Fire Dartfish is  an unusually shaped and colorful fish. APPEARANCE The Fire dartfish  has a pale yellow head which fades into ...
Swallowtail hawkfish, Cyprinocirrhites polyactis

Swallowtail Hawkfish-Facts-Photographs

The Swallowtail hawkfish, Cyprinocirrhites polyactis, is also known as the Lyretail or Soaring Hawkfish. They differ from other hawkfish in that they are often found in shoals. Sometimes when they are juven...
spotted hawkfish, Cirrhitichthys aprinus

Spotted Hawkfish-Facts-Photographs

The Spotted Hawkfish Cirrhitichthys oxycephalus, as with other hawkfish has a habit of sitting in strategic raised spots on the reef, with its head sticking out. From there they view their territory and pou...
African Chromodoris Chromodoris africana, four-coloured nudibranch, species of colourful sea slug a dorid nudibranch

African Chromodoris – Facts and Photographs

The African Chromodoris Chromodoris Africana also known as the  four-coloured nudibranch is a species of colourful sea slug. They are dorid nudibranchs, marine gastropod mollusks. APPEARANCE African Chrom...
sapphire damselfish Pomacentrus pavo

Sapphire Damselfish – Facts and Photographs

The sapphire damselfish Pomacentrus pavo, is also  known as the  peacock damselfish or blue damselfish. They are a colorful fish that is common on the East African coast. Often confused with the more common...
tiger angelfish Aploemichthys kingi

Tiger Angelfish – Facts and Photographs

The tiger angelfish Aploemichthys kingi is one of the lesser known angelfish. As their name implies they are quite striking fish and are highly sought after by specialist marine aquarists. APPEARANCE On t...