Crocodilefish

Celebes flathead (Thysanophrys celebica)

Celebes Flathead- Facts and Photographs

The Celebes flathead (Thysanophrys celebica) is also known as the Quarterspined Flathead , the Manado Flathead and the Sulawesi Flathead. They were were first described by Bleeker in 1855.  The are fairly c...
Longsnout flathead (Thysanophrys chiltonae)

Longsnout Flathead- Facts and Photographs

The Longsnout flathead (Thysanophrys chiltonae) was first described by Schultz in 1966 and they are probably the most common of the smaller flatheads in Tanzanian waters.  The specimens in the images were i...
Red Sea flathead (Thysanophrys springeri)

Red Sea Flathead- Facts and Photographs

The Red Sea Flathead (Thysanophrys springeri) was only described by Knapp in 2013. They were named after Victor G. Springer, who collected the holotype off Massawa, Eritrea. They are fairly common in the sh...
Scuba Diving Tanzania

Camouflaged Crocodilefish

A crocodilefish (Papilloculiceps longiceps), also known as the tentacled flathead, lies across soft corals, waiting for prey to swim past. These fish are extremely well camouflaged...
Crocodilefish

Crocodilefish- Facts Photographs and Video

The crocodilefish (Papilloculiceps longiceps), also known as the tentacled flathead or Western Indian Ocean crocodilefish, has a unique character due to its unusual shaped jaw. The fish sits flat and unmovi...
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Crocodilefish Close-up

Close-up of a crocodilefish (Papilloculiceps longiceps), spotted on a scubadive at Kankadya in Dar es Salaam. Crocodilefish are ambush predators, so camouflage is key. Notice how even the outline of the eye...

Crocodilefish Camo

A crocodilefish camo flaged on a reef in Mafia Island's Chole Bay. The fish was so well blended in that the dive leader had to point to him for several minutes before I could finally see him, directly under...
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Perspectives of Crocodilefish

This video compares and contrasts two Crocodilefish (Papilloculiceps longiceps) in Chole Bay; one camouflaged on a coral reef approximately 10 meters deep and the other on a sandy, grassy patch in shallow water...