A Mated Pair

moorish idols

A mated pair of moorish idols (Zanclus cornutus) photographed while scuba diving at Bongoyo Patches, a 15 meter deep reef off the coast of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Moorish idols are often seen alone, but they occasionally form mated pairs for reproduction. They’re pelagic spawners, releasing eggs and sperm in the water column and leaving fertilized eggs to drift away with the currents. Photo taken with a Sony DSC-RX100M II CameraMated Pair 1 in a Nauticam housing with a INON S-2000 StrobeMated Pair 2 and a hand-mounted SOLA 2100 Video Light.