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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.  ...
Mozambique Blenny (Meiacanthus mossambicus) is also known as the Harptail Blenny

Mozambique Blenny – Facts and Photographs

The Mozambique Blenny (Meiacanthus mossambicus) is also known as the Harptail Blenny. Blennies in the Meiacanthus Genus have grooved canine teeth with poison sacks that allow them to inject poison into thei...

False Cleanerfish – Facts and Photographs

The False Cleanerfish (Aspidontus tractus) mimics the Blue Streak Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus)pictured below across each stage of its life. False Cleanerfish are fangblennies and the name originate...
Piano Fangblenny (Plagiotremus tapeinosoma) is also known as the Hit and Run Blenny, Mimic Blenny and Scale-eating Fangblenny

Piano Fangblenny – Facts and Photographs

The Piano Fangblenny (Plagiotremus tapeinosoma) is also known as the Hit and Run Blenny, Mimic Blenny and Scale-eating Fangblenny. They obtain their name from the black and brown striped pattern running dow...
Goniobranchus geminus previously known as Chromodoris geminus also known as the Gem Nudibranch

Goniobranchus geminus-Facts and Photographs

Goniobranchus geminus was previously known as Chromodoris geminus until a DNA study proved otherwise. They are commonly known as the Gem Nudibranch. They are dorid nudibranch's. As with other nudibranchs, t...

Decorator Crab- Facts and Photographs

Decorator crabs belong to the superfamily Majoidea and are also commonly known as Spider Crabs.  They obtain their name from their habit of decorating their bodies with various plants and animals. This can ...
Marine Flatworms in the Turbellaria sub division of Platyhelminthes

Marine Flatworms-Facts-Photographs and Video

Marine Platyhelminthes or Marine Flatworms as they are commonly known are often extremely colorful creatures. The brightly colored species are easy to spot while diving and if one is lucky, one can see them...
Sea Urchin

Sea Urchin Spines- How to deal with them

Urchins can be quite attractive looking as can be seen in the images but they are prickly and many have poisons on their spines. Whether one is diving or involved in other recreational activities around the...
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...
Divided Leopard Wrasse (Macropharyngodon bipartitus) also known as Vermiculate Leopard Wrasse, African Leopard Wrasse.

Divided Leopard Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

  The Divided Leopard Wrasse (Macropharyngodon bipartitus) is also known as the Vermiculate Leopard Wrasse, African Leopard Wrasse or simply the Divided Wrasse. They are fairly common in Tanzanian w...
Paddle-flap scorpionfish or Eschmeyer's scorpionfish Rhinopias eschmeyeri

Paddle-flap Scorpionfish- Facts and Photographs

The Paddle-flap scorpionfish, Popeyed Scorpionfish or Eschmeyer's scorpionfish, Rhinopias eschmeyeri is a very unusual looking fish. They have a very distinctive set of paddles or flaps above the eyes from ...
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 the dancing part of their  name from the sidewa...
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...
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 yellow...
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...
White barred sweetlips

White-Barred Sweetlips – Facts and Photographs

The white-barred sweetlips Plectorhinchus playfairi, also known as the white-barred rubberlip, is a species of grunt. Closely related to the snappers, grunts have smaller mouths and teeth and thicker fleshy...
Goldspotted sweetlips

Goldspotted Sweetlips – Facts and Photographs

The Goldspotted Sweetlips (Plectorhinchus flavomaculatus) also known as the Lemonfish, is a species of grunt. Closely related to the snappers, grunts have smaller mouths and teeth and thicker fleshy lips gi...
Ovula ovum, common name the common egg cowrie

Egg Cowrie – Facts and Photographs

The Egg cowrie, (Ovula ovum) is a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Ovulidae, known as the false cowries or allied cowries. Technically they are not cowries per se but because of their similarity to co...
giant moray (Gymnothorax javanicus)

Giant Moray Eel-Facts and Photographs

The Giant moray (Gymnothorax javanicus) is the largest moray eel in terms of mass. An adult has a formidable set of rear facing teeth to go with its proportionally large mouth. As can be seen in the images,...
tiger cowrie (Cypraea tigris) 

The Tiger Cowrie – Facts and Photographs

The tiger cowrie (Cypraea tigris) is one of the larger species of cowrie. They are marine snails in the family Cypraeidae. They are an extremely attractive sight as they move across the reef. They are noctu...