Spectacled Filefish (Cantherhines fronticinctus) is also known as the Spectacled Leatherjacket

Spectacled Filefish – Facts and Photographs

The Spectacled Filefish (Cantherhines fronticinctus) is also known as the Spectacled Leatherjacket.  They are very shy fishes that are difficult to approach closely and hardly ever stray far from shelter. ...
Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish(Dendrochirus brachypterus) is also called the Shortfin Lionfish, the shortfin turkeyfish and the Dwarf Lionfish

Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish-Facts and Photographs

The Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish (Dendrochirus brachypterus) is also called the Shortfin Lionfish, the shortfin turkeyfish and the Dwarf Lionfish. As the name dwarf implies, they are one of the smaller Lionfish. Th...
Red Sea Walkman (Inimicus Filamentosus) Red Sea Walker (Inimicus filamentosus) is also known as the Filamented devilfish, Two-stick Stingfish, Sea Goblin and Demon Stinger.

Red Sea Walkman-Facts and Photographs

The Red Sea Walkman (Inimicus Filamentosus)  is also known as the Filamented devilfish, Two-stick Stingfish, Sea Goblin and Demon Stinger. They are in the same family, Synanceiidae as the Stonefish  and ...
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...
the Yellowback Anthias (Pseudanthias evansi)is alsoknown as the Goldback Anthias, Goldback Basslet and Purple Wreckfish.

Yellowback Anthias – Facts and Photographs

The the Yellowback Anthias (Pseudanthias evansi) is also known as the Goldback Anthias, Goldback Basslet and the Purple Wreckfish. They are abundant on the East African coast in some areas and scarce in oth...
Blackbar Damselfish, Plectroglyphidodon dickii is also known as the Narrowbar Damselfish, the Blackbar Devil and Dicks Devil

Blackbar Damselfish – Facts and Photographs

The Blackbar Damselfish, Plectroglyphidodon dickii is also known as the Narrowbar Damselfish, the Blackbar Devil and Dicks Devil. Despite their small size and lack of bright coloration they have a lot of ch...
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...
Somali Butterflyfish ( Chaetodon leucopleura)

Somali Butterflyfish – Facts and Photographs

The Somali Butterflyfish ( Chaetodon leucopleura) is not a common fish on the Tanzanian coast. They are reportedly more common on the Kenyan and Somali coasts. APPEARANCE Somali Butterflyfish have a white...
Archer Butterflyfish ( Chaetodon bennetti) is also known as Bennetts Butterflyfish, the Bluelashed Butterflyfish and the Eclipse Butterflyfish

Archer Butterflyfish – Facts and Photographs

The Archer Butterflyfish ( Chaetodon bennetti) is also known as Bennetts Butterflyfish, the Bluelashed Butterflyfish and the Eclipse Butterflyfish.  They are not a commonly seen species and are fairly rare ...
Masked Bannerfish (Heniochus monoceros) , is also known as the Masked coachman or Unicorn Pennant Coralfish

Masked Bannerfish – Facts and Photographs

The Masked Bannerfish (Heniochus monoceros) , is also known as the Masked coachman or Unicorn Pennant Coralfish. They are not a commonly seen species and are fairly rare in Tanzanian waters. Bannerfish are ...
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...
Spot Tail Dartfish, Ptereleotris heteroptera, is also known as the Blacktail Dartfish, Indigo Dartfish and Blacktail Goby.

Spot Tail Dartfish-Facts and Photographs

The Spot Tail Dartfish, Ptereleotris heteroptera, is also known as the Blacktail Dartfish, Indigo Dartfish, Blue Gudgeon Dartfish and Blacktail Goby. They are relatively shy fish and as their name suggests ...
Regal Demoiselle (Neopomacentrus cyanomos) is also known as the Regal Damselfish and the Cresecent Damselfish

Regal Demoiselle- Facts and Photographs

The Regal Demoiselle (Neopomacentrus cyanomos) is also known as the Regal Damselfish and the Cresecent Damselfish. They are found in very few locations in Tanzanian waters but where they are found there ten...
robust ghost pipefish (Solenostomus cyanopterus)

Robust Ghost Pipefish – Facts and Photographs

The Robust Ghost pipefish (Solenostomus cyanopterus) is also known as the Ghost pipefish and the Racek's Ghost pipefish.  Although they are called pipefish, they are not true Pipefish.  They fall  in the sa...
Spiny Spooner Reef Crab (Etisus dentatus) is also known as the Red Reef Crab

Spiny Spooner Reef Crab- Facts and Photographs

The Spiny Spooner Reef Crab (Etisus dentatus) is also known as the Red Reef Crab. They obtain their name from the spoon shaped endings of their chelipeds and the spiny carapace. If one looks carefully at th...
Blunt Slipper Lobster (Scyllarides squammosus)

Blunt Slipper Lobster- Facts and Photographs

The Blunt Slipper Lobster (Scyllarides squammosus)  is an unusual looking clawless lobster.  They are usually only active at night and during the day they are almost never seen, being adept at hiding themse...
Smooth Box Crab (Calappa calappa) is also known as the Giant Box Crab

Smooth Box Crab- Facts and Photographs

The Smooth Box Crab (Calappa calappa) is also known as the Giant Box Crab. Because of their variable colouration they are sometimes also called the Red Spotted Box Crab. They are not often seen due to th...
Immaculate Puffer (Arothron immaculatus) is also known as the Black edged Puffer and the Yellow-eyed puffer

Immaculate Pufferfish – Facts and Photographs

The Immaculate Pufferfish (Arothron immaculatus) is also known as the Black edged Puffer and the Yellow-eyed puffer. As with many other puffers, they have a symbiotic relationship with types of bacteria suc...
Redspotted sandperch (Parapercis schauinslandii) also known as the Rosy Sandperch

Redspotted Sandperch – Facts and Photographs

The Redspotted Sandperch (Parapercis schauinslandii) is also known as the Rosy Sandperch.  They are among the more attractive looking sand perches and are sometimes seen swimming above the bottom. They are ...