Fish

Corythoichthys flavofasciatus, known as the Network pipefish, Reticulate Pipefish and Yellow-banded Pipefish

Network Pipefish – Facts and Photographs

The Network pipefish Corythoichthys flavofasciatus is one of the more commonly seen species of pipefish on the Tanzanian coast. APPEARANCE The Network pipefish has a long thin angular body comprised of ar...
Redmouth grouper Aethaloperca rogaa

Redmouth Grouper – Facts and Photographs

The Redmouth grouper Aethaloperca rogaa) is also known as the Red-flushed Cod and Redmouth Rockcod. They are fairly common off the coasts of Tanzania. They are not that common in the Dar es Salaam area whic...
Network pipefish (Corythoichthys flavofasciatus)

Scribbled Pipefish – Facts and Photographs

The Scribbled pipefish (Corythoichthys intestinalis) is also known as the Messmate pipefish and the Dragonface Pipefish. They are common inhabitants of the rubble areas between the reef and in the shallows ...
Honeycomb Toby (Canthigaster janthinoptera) also known as Spotted Puffer, Spotted Pufferfish, Spotted Toby, White-spotted Pufferfish

Honeycomb Toby – Facts and Photographs

The Honeycomb Toby (Canthigaster janthinoptera) also known as Spotted Puffer, Spotted Pufferfish, Spotted Toby, White-spotted Pufferfish. They belong to the genus Canthigaster, whose members are called shar...
Chevron Butterflyfish (Chaetodon trifascialis), also known as Triangulate Butterflyfish or V-lined Butterflyfish

Chevron Butterflyfish – Facts and Photographs

The Chevron Butterflyfish (Chaetodon trifascialis) is also known as the Triangulate Butterflyfish, V-lined Butterflyfish and Acropora Butterflyfish. In terms of their diet they are the most highly specialis...
Chocolate Grouper (Cephalopholis boenak)is also known as the Chocolate Hind and the Brownbarred Rockcod.

Chocolate Grouper – Facts and Photographs

The Chocolate Grouper (Cephalopholis boenak)is also known as the Chocolate Hind and the Brownbarred Rockcod. They are fairly common off the coasts of Tanzania and Kenya. They are not that common in the Dar ...
Thornback cowfish, Lactioria fornasini is also known as the Spiny-backed Cow-fish, Thornspine Cowfish and the Thorny-back Cowfish

Thornback Cowfish- Facts and Photographs

Byno The Thornback cowfish, Lactioria fornasini is also known as the Spiny-backed Cow-fish, Thornspine Cowfish and the Thorny-back Cowfish. Their plate-like scales are fused together to form a solid box-li...
Black-lip Porcupinefish (Lophodiodon calori) Also known as Burrfish and Four-bar Porcupinefish

Blacklip Porcupinefish- Facts and Photographs

The Blacklip Porcupinefish (Lophodiodon calori) is also known as the Burrfish or Four-bar Porcupinefish.  They are members of the pufferfish family and are able to take water into their stomachs and blow th...
Slender Grouper Epinephelus leucogrammicusis is also known as the Slender Rockcod, White-lined Grouper and White-lined Rockcod

Slender Grouper – Facts and Photographs

The Slender Grouper Epinephelus leucogrammicusis is also known as the Slender Rockcod, White-lined Grouper and White-lined Rockcod. They are fairly common off the coasts of Tanzania and Kenya.  They are not...
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. ...
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. ...
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...
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...
map puffer , Arothron mappa

Map Pufferfish – Facts and Photographs

The the map pufferfish  or scribbled puffer, Arothron mappa are not commonly seen on the reefs in East Africa.  They obtain their name from the patterns on the body.  As with many other puffers, they have a...
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...
Swallowtail hawkfish, Cyprinocirrhites polyactis, is also known as the Lyretail or Soaring Hawkfish

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-Facts-Photographs

The Spotted Hawkfish Cirrhitichthys oxycephalus, is also known as the Pixy Hawkfish. As with other hawkfish they have a habit of sitting in strategic raised spots on the reef, with their head sticking out. ...
trumpetfish (Aulostomus chinensis)

Trumpetfish-Facts and Photographs

The Chinese trumpetfish (Aulostomus chinensis)  gets its name from its resemblance to a trumpet. They are strange looking fish that often swim vertically to blend in with their surroundings. They are relate...
tailspot squirrelfish Sargocentron caudimaculatum, is also known as the whitetail squirrelfish or silverspot squirrelfish

Tailspot Squirrelfish-Facts and Photographs

The tailspot squirrelfish Sargocentron caudimaculatum, is also known as the whitetail squirrelfish or silverspot squirrelfish. They are members of the sub family Holocentridae,  which are known as squirrelf...
crowned squirrelfish Sargocentron diadema

Crowned Squirrelfish – Facts and Photographs

The crowned squirrelfish Sargocentron diadema is a member of the sub family Holocentridae. Members of the sub family are known as squirrelfish and they are typically red and silver or white. On the gill cov...
speckled shrimpfish, Aeoliscus punctulatus

Speckled Shrimpfish – Facts and Photographs

The speckled shrimpfish, Aeoliscus punctulatus , also known as the  razorfish is related to the seahorses and pipefishes. They have a distinctive way of swimming with their heads in a downwards position. De...