Vertebrates

Spectacled Filefish (Cantherhines fronticinctus) is also known as the Spectacled Leatherjacket

Spectacled Filefish – Facts and Photographs

The Spectacled Filefish (Cantherhines fronticinctus) is also known as the Spectacled Leatherjacket.  They are very shy fishes that are difficult to approach closely and hardly ever stray far from shelter. ...
Marbled Leopard Grouper (Plectropomus punctatus) is also known as the Marbled Coral Grouper and the Marbled Leopard Rockcod

Marbled Leopard Grouper – Facts and Photographs

The Marbled Leopard Grouper (Plectropomus punctatus) is also known as the Marbled Coral Grouper and the Marbled Leopard Rockcod. They are rarely seen on the Tanzanian coast. Being quite colorful they are on...
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...
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 ...
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...
Leopard Grouper (Cephalopholis leopardus) is also known as the Leopard Hind and the Redspotted Rock Cod

Leopard Grouper – Facts and Photographs

The Leopard Grouper (Cephalopholis leopardus) is also known as the Leopard Hind and the Redspotted Rock Cod. They are one of the smaller members of the Cephalopholis genus and are not common on the Tanzania...
he Strawberry grouper (Cephalopholis spiloparaea) is also known as the Strawberry Hind, Orange Rock Cod and Orange-red Pigmy Grouper

Strawberry Grouper – Facts and Photographs

The Strawberry grouper (Cephalopholis spiloparaea) is also known as the Strawberry Hind, Orange Rock Cod, Calico Grouper and Orange-red Pigmy Grouper. APPEARANCE The Strawberry grouper has a typical gro...
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...
Peacock grouper (Cephalopholis argus) is also known as the Peacock Hind, Peacock Rockcod, the Bluespotted Grouper and the Celestial Grouper

Peacock Grouper – Facts and Photographs

The Peacock grouper (Cephalopholis argus) is also known as the Peacock Hind, Peacock Rockcod, the Bluespotted Grouper and the Celestial Grouper. In Hawaii where it is an introduced species they are called t...
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...
Immaculate Puffer (Arothron immaculatus) is also known as the Black edged Puffer and the Yellow-eyed puffer

Immaculate Pufferfish – Facts and Photographs

The Immaculate Pufferfish (Arothron immaculatus) is also known as the Black edged Puffer and the Yellow-eyed puffer. As with many other puffers, they have a symbiotic relationship with types of bacteria suc...
Whitespotted grouper (Epinephelus coeruleopunctatus) is also known as the White Spotted Rockcod

Whitespotted Grouper – Facts and Photographs

The Whitespotted grouper (Epinephelus coeruleopunctatus) is also known as the White Spotted Rockcod. As can be seen in the images they obtain their name from the white spots across the body. They are fairly...
Thumbprint Emperor (Lethrinus harak) is also known as the Blackspot emperor

Thumbprint Emperor – Facts and Photographs

The Thumbprint Emperor (Lethrinus harak) is also known as the Blackspot emperor . They are fairly common inhabitants of rubble areas and reef sides in Tanzania. APPEARANCE Thumbprint Emperor have a ty...
Longnose Hawkfish (Oxycirrhites typus)

Longnose Hawkfish-Facts and Photographs

The Longnose Hawkfish (Oxycirrhites typus) is not a common fish in Tanzanian waters. They tend to be found quite deep and as a result are not often seen by recreational divers.  The specimens in the post we...
Ehrenberg's Snapper (Lutjanus ehrenbergii) is also known as the Blackspot Snapper and Ehrenberg's Seaperch.

Ehrenberg’s Snapper – Facts and Photographs

The Ehrenberg's Snapper (Lutjanus ehrenbergii) is also known as the Blackspot Snapper and Ehrenberg's Seaperch. They are common inhabitants of rubble areas and reef tops in Tanzania. APPEARANCE Ehrenberg'...
Twospot Anthias (Pseudanthias bimaculatus) is also known as the twinspot anthias and two-spot basslet

Twospot Anthias – Facts and Photographs

The Twospot Anthias (Pseudanthias bimaculatus) is also known as the twinspot anthias and two-spot basslet. They are not common on the Tanzanian mainland  and are only found in a few locations in deeper wate...
Twospot hawkfish (Amblycirrhitus bimacula) is also known as the Twinspot Hawkfish

Twospot Hawkfish-Facts-Photographs

The Twospot Hawkfish (Amblycirrhitus bimacula) is also known as the Twinspot Hawkfish . They are extremely shy compared to the other Hawkfish. They are usually very well hidden and it is not often that one ...