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...
Black-lip Porcupinefish (Lophodiodon calori) Also known as Burrfish and Four-bar Porcupinefish

Blacklip Porcupinefish- Facts and Photographs

The Blacklip Porcupinefish (Lophodiodon calori) is also known as the Burrfish or Four-bar Porcupinefish.  They are members of the pufferfish family and are able to take water into their stomachs and blow th...
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...
Raggy Scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis venosa) is also known as the Yellow-nose Scorpionfish

Raggy Scorpionfish-Facts Photographs

The Raggy Scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis venosa) is also known as the Yellow-nose Scorpionfish.  As with all Scorpionfish, they are ambush predators which rely on very colorful camouflage. In deeper waters whe...
Blotchlip Sandperch

Blotchlip Sandperch – Facts and Photographs

The  Blotchlip sandperch is a member of the Parapercis genus that used to be known as Parapercis xanthozona. Due to the obvious differences it is being reclassified but is not yet described. They are a very...
blacksaddle filefish, Paraluteres prionurus, is also known as the mimic

Blacksaddle Filefish – Facts and Photographs

The Blacksaddle filefish, Paraluteres prionurus, is also known as the Mimic filefish or Blacksaddle leatherjacket. Their coloration and shape mimics the poisonous Blacksaddle toby Canthigaster valentini. ...
Porcelain Anemone Crab, Neopetrolisthes maculosus

Porcelain Anemone Crab- Facts and Photographs

  The Porcelain Anemone Crab, Neopetrolisthes maculatus is also known as the Spotted porcelain crab. They are decapod crustaceans in the Porcellanidae family. Although they resemble true crabs they ...
Spotted sandperch, Parapercis punctulata

Spotted Sandperch – Facts and Photographs

The Spotted sandperch, Parapercis punctulata is a common inhabitant of the rubble areas between the reef on the Tanzanian coast. As can be seen in the image above the males are quite attractive looking fish...
Cloudy dascyllus, Dascyllus carneus is also known as the Two bar Humbug or Indian dascyllus

Cloudy Dascyllus – Facts and Photographs

The Cloudy dascyllus, Dascyllus carneus is also known as the Two bar Humbug or Indian dascyllus. They are commonly found in small shoals over branching corals. APPEARANCE There is little variation in colo...
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 Tanzania and to date we have only seen three specimens. ...
Aluterus scriptus, commonly known as scrawled filefish, broomtail filefish or scribbled leatherjacket,

Scrawled Filefish – Facts and Photographs

consequently The Scrawled File Fish (Aluterus scriptus) is also known as the broomtail filefish or scribbled leatherjacket. They are unusual looking fishes and are capable of rapid color changes to blend...
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...

Domino Damselfish – Facts and Photographs

  The Domino Damselfish, Dascyllus trimaculatus is also known as the Three Spot Dascyllus. Despite their small size and lack of bright coloration they have a lot of character. APPEARANCE The base ...
ornate spiny lobster Panulirus ornatus

Ornate Spiny Lobster – Facts and Photographs

,be The Ornate spiny lobster, Panulirus ornatus is also known as the Tropical rock lobster and the Ornate tropical rock lobster . They are among the largest of the Panuliris lobsters and are greatly favored ...
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...
Bicolour toby, Canthigaster smithae is also known as the Smiths Pufferfish

Bicolor Toby – Facts and Photographs

  The Bicolor toby, Canthigaster smithae is also known as the Smiths Pufferfish. They belong to the genus Canthigaster, whose members are called sharp-nosed puffers or tobies and who are much smalle...
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 their name from the sideways movement that they...
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...
anemone hermit crab, Dardanus pedunculatus

Anemone Hermit Crab- Facts and Photographs

  The Anemone hermit crab, Dardanus pedunculatus has a mutualistic symbiotic relationship with the anemone Calliactis polypus. The anemones are collected by the crab and placed on its shell. The Ane...
map puffer , Arothron mappa

Map Pufferfish – Facts and Photographs

The the map pufferfish  or scribbled puffer, Arothron mappa are not commonly seen on the reefs in East Africa.  They obtain their name from the patterns on the body.  As with many other puffers, they have a...
Cryptic Sponge crab Cryptodromiopsis spongiosa

Sponge Crab- Facts and Photographs

The Sponge crab Lauridromia dehaani is not often seen due to their nocturnal habits. During the day they hide in crevices or holes and are usually only seen at night.  As their name implies they decorate th...