Heavy Bodies / Large Lips

Comet (Calloplesiops altivelis) is also known as the Marine Betta

Comet ( Fish) – Facts and Photographs

The Comet (Calloplesiops altivelis) is also known as the Marine Betta because of their similarity to the Siamese Fighter. They are stunning looking fishes that are rarely seen in the open during the day in ...
Snubnose Grouper (Epinephelus macrospilos) is also known as the Large-spotted Rockcod, Bigspot Rockcod and Longfin Grouper

Snubnose Grouper – Facts and Photographs

The Snubnose Grouper (Epinephelus macrospilos) is also known as the Large-spotted Rockcod, Bigspot Rockcod and Longfin Grouper.. They are one of the eight species of reticulated groupers that live on coral ...
Honeycomb grouper Epinephelus merra

Honeycomb Grouper – Facts and Photographs

The Honeycomb grouper Epinephelus merra is also known as the Dwarf-spotted Grouper, the Honeycomb Rock Cod and the Wire-netted Rock Cod. They are one of the eight species of reticulated groupers that live o...
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...
Barred rubberlip (Plectorhinchus plagiodesmus) is also known as the Redlined Sweetlips

Barred Rubberlip – Facts and Photographs

The Barred rubberlip (Plectorhinchus plagiodesmus) is also known as the Yellow Mouth Sweetlips. They are a species of grunt, closely related to the snappers. They have thick fleshy lips hence the name rubbe...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
(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...
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...
Sailfin rubberlip (Diagramma centurio) also known as the Sailfin Sweetlips

Sailfin Rubberlip – Facts and Photographs

The Sailfin rubberlip (Diagramma centurio) also known as the Sailfin Sweetlips, is a species of grunt. Closely related to the snappers, grunts have smaller mouths and teeth and thicker fleshy lips hence the...
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 se...
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 particularly when t...

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. ...
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...
oriental sweetlips Plectorhinchus vittatus

Oriental Sweetlips – Facts and Photographs

The oriental sweetlips Plectorhinchus vittatus, also known as the Indian Ocean oriental sweetlips , is a species of grunt. Closely related to the snappers, grunts have smaller mouths and teeth and thicker f...
Red Barred Rock Cod Epinephelus fasciatus

Red Barred Rock Cod – Facts and Photographs

The red barred rock cod Epinephelus fasciatus is also known as the black tipped rock cod, red barred grouper, red banded grouper and the football grouper.  In Tanzania on the mainland coast they were relati...