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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. APPEARAN...

Unidentified Eel Species

Can anyone identify this Eel.  Only seen so far on the Tanzanian coast around Dar es Salaam. In some 600 dives I have seen five so they are pretty rare. Only once have I seen one out in the open and it was ...
(Cephalopholis nigripinnis)Banded-tail Coral-cod, Blackfin Rockcod, Duskyfin Rockcod Cephalopholis nigripinnis

Darkfin Hind – Facts and Photographs

TheDarkfin Hind (Cephalopholis nigripinnis) is also known as the Blackfin Rockcod and the Duskyfin Rockcod.  They are fairly common off the coast of Tanzania. They are not that common in the Dar es Salaam a...
schooling bannerfish (Heniochus diphreutes), also known as the false moorish idol

Schooling Bannerfish – Facts and Photographs

The Schooling Bannerfish (Heniochus diphreutes) , is also known as the coachman or pennant bannerfish. They are sometimes called the poor man's moorish idol by aquarists as they are more affordable than the...
Red-bar Anthias (Pseudanthias cooperi) is also known as the Coopers Anthias, Cooper's fairy basslet, the Red-bar fairy basslet, Red basslet, and the Silverstreak goldie

Red-bar Anthias – Facts and Photographs

The Red-bar Anthias (Pseudanthias cooperi) is also known as the Coopers Anthias, Cooper's fairy basslet, the Red-bar fairy basslet, Red basslet, and the Silverstreak goldie. They are not common on the Tanza...
Beaded Anemone, Heteractis aurora is also known as the Aurora anemone or Beaded sand Anemone

Beaded Anemone – Facts and Photographs

The Beaded Anemone, Heteractis aurora is also known as the Aurora anemone or Beaded Sand Anemone . They obtain their name from the swellings on the tentacles which give the impression of strings of beads. T...

African Butterflyfish – Facts and Photographs

The African Butterflyfish Chaetodon dolosus is also known as the , Blackedged Butterflyfish.  Being primarily found quite deep they are not commonly seen on recreational dives although occasionally they do move...
Maldives damselfish (Amblyglyphidodon indicus)

Unidentified Fish species

This fish has been identified as Amblyglyphidodon indicus thanks for the help Can anyone identify this Damselfish ?  Only seen so far on the Tanzanian coast from Songo Songo Island to Dar es Salaam in Tanzan...
Unidentified

Unidentified species

Can anyone identify this organism ? It was approximately 6 cm in length, photographed at 6 to 8 meters in depth at night off the coast of Tanzania. On the one hand it looks like a flatworm, but it is too thick ...
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...

Unidentified species

After photographing an Anemone Hermit crab (Dardanus pedunculatus) I noticed a large number of Amphipods ( I think they are Amphipods) in the image on the back of the crab.  Some are in the tentacles of the ane...
Gorgonian weapper Nemanthus species

Gorgonian Wrapper – Facts and Photographs

The Gorgonian wrapper (Nemanthus species) is also known as the Tiger Anemone. They are a species of communal anemones that are usually found wrapped around Gorgonian corals and Whip corals. Occasionally the...
Tube Anemone

Tube Anemone – Facts and Photographs

Tube Anemone's are not anemones per se and are somewhere in-between anemones and corals. They are in the sub class Ceriantharia and live inside long tubes which go into the substrate.  In Tanzanian waters t...

Images

A Two-Spot Wrasse Oxycheilinus bimaculatus also known as the Little Maori wrasse and Two-spot Maori wrasse. Taken on a  dive on Big T reef off Dar es Salaam, Tanzania at 12 meters. I saw the male in the ...
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...

Fire Urchin

Astropyga radiata, the red urchin, fire urchin or false fire urchin spawning into the water. Taken on a night dive on Octopus top reef off Dar es Salaam, Tanzania at 14 meters. As the light hit the urchin i...
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 ...
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...
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 Tanzanian coastal waters and to date we have only seen si...
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...