Striated Bristletooth (Ctenochaetus striatus) is also known as the Lined Bristletooth or Striped Bristletooth or Surgeonfish

Striated Bristeltooth -Facts and Photographs

The Striated Bristletooth (Ctenochaetus striatus) is also known as the Lined Bristletooth or Striped Bristletooth. Being members of the Acanthuridae family, also known as Surgeonfishes they have a retractab...
orange-spine unicornfish (Naso lituratus) also known as the clown tang, masked unicornfish and barcheek unicornfish

Elegant Unicornfish -Facts and Photographs

The Elegant unicornfish (Naso elegans) also known as the Indian Orange-spine unicornfish and the Smoothead Unicornfish. They are not common on the Tanzanian mainland coast and are more common on Zanzibar an...
Zebra Lionfish Dendrochirus zebra or Dwarf Lionfish

Zebra Lionfish-Facts and Photographs

The Zebra Lionfish Dendrochirus zebra or Dwarf Lionfish is also known as the Zebra Turkeyfish. They are not commonly seen on the East African coast and are fairly rare in the area. APPEARANCE The Zebr...
Nebulous wrasse also known as the Clouded rainbow fish, Clouded wrasse and the Picture wrasse

Nebulous Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Nebulous wrasse (Halichoeres nebulosus) is also known as the Clouded rainbow fish, Clouded wrasse and the Picture wrasse. They are small colourful fast moving wrasses that are common on the reefs and su...
Saddleback Hogfish (Bodianus bilunulatus) is also known as the Blackspot wrasse, Crescent banded hogfish, Tarry hogfish and the Tuxedo hogfish

Saddleback Hogfish- Facts and Photographs

The Saddleback Hogfish (Bodianus bilunulatus) is also known as the Blackspot wrasse, Crescent banded hogfish, Tarry hogfish and the Tuxedo hogfish. As with all the members of this family there is considerab...
Twospot Anthias (Pseudanthias bimaculatus) is also known as the twinspot anthias and two-spot basslet

Twospot Anthias – Facts and Photographs

The Twospot Anthias (Pseudanthias bimaculatus) is also known as the twinspot anthias and two-spot basslet. They are not common on the Tanzanian mainland  and are only found in a few locations. APPEARAN...
Smiths Swimming Crab (Charybdis smithii)

Smith’s Swimming Crab- Facts and Photographs

Smith's Swimming Crab (Charybdis smithii) is a very interesting swimming crab that exhibits swarming behavior.  They were first found in False Bay near Capetown in South Africa in 1838 when a large swarm wa...
Rusty Guard Crab (Trapezia-bidentata) is also known as the Two Tooth Guard Crab

Rusty Guard Crab- Facts and Photographs

The Rusty Guard Crab (Trapezia bidentata) is also known as the Two Tooth Guard Crab. They  spend their entire adult lives living between the branches of corals of the Pocillopora and Acropora families.  The...
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 ...

Powder Blue Surgeonfish-Facts and Photographs

The Powder Blue Surgeonfish (Acanthurus leucosternon) is also known as the Powder Blue Tang. The species gained international fame in the animated children's film by Pixar, "Finding Nemo" where one of the c...
(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...
Convict Tang (Acanthurus triostegusor) is also known as the Convict Surgeonfish

Convict Tang-Facts and Photographs

The Convict Tang (Acanthurus triostegusor) is also known as the Convict Surgeonfish, they are one of the smaller members of the surgeonfish family and are very common, mainly in shallower waters. Members...
Brushtail tang (Zebrasoma scopas) brown tang, twotone tang, scopas tang.

Scopas Tang-Facts and Photographs

The Scopas Tang (Zebrasoma scopas) is also known as the Twotone Tang, the Brown Tang and the Brushtail Tang.  Members of the Acanthuridae family have a retractable razor sharp spine on either side of the ca...
Red-bar Anthias (Pseudanthias cooperi) is also known as the Coopers Anthias, Cooper's fairy basslet, the Red-bar fairy basslet, Red basslet, and the Silverstreak goldie

Red-bar Anthias – Facts and Photographs

The Red-bar Anthias (Pseudanthias cooperi) is also known as the Coopers Anthias, Cooper's fairy basslet, the Red-bar fairy basslet, Red basslet, and the Silverstreak goldie. They are not common on the Tanza...
Whip Coral Goby (Bryaninops yongei) is also known as the wire-coral goby

Whip Coral Goby – Facts and Photographs

The Whip Coral Goby (Bryaninops yongei) is also known as the wire-coral goby. They have a very specialized habitat and are found only on the Whip Coral (Cirripathes anguina) and as a consequence have a numb...
Lieutenant Surgeonfish (Acanthurus tennentii) is also known as the Doubleband Surgeonfish

Lieutenant Surgeonfish-Facts and Photographs

The Lieutenant Surgeonfish (Acanthurus tennentii) is also known as the Doubleband Surgeonfish and Tennents Surgeonfish. Members of the Acanthuridae family have a retractable razor sharp spine on either side...
Blackbar Filefish (Pervagor janthinosoma) is also known as the Redtail Filefish and the Ear-spot Filefish

Blackbar Filefish – Facts and Photographs

The Blackbar Filefish (Pervagor janthinosoma) is also known as the Redtail Filefish and the Ear-spot Filefish.  They are very shy fishes that are difficult to approach closely. Filefish, also known as le...
Maldives damselfish (Amblyglyphidodon indicus)

Maldives Damselfish – Facts and Photographs

The Maldives damselfish (Amblyglyphidodon indicus) is a fairly recently described species, having been described by Allen & Randall in 2002. They are not common on the Tanzanian coast but in certain are...

Sidespot Goatfish- Facts and Photographs

The Sidespot Goatfish (Parupeneus pleurostigma) is also known as the  Round-spot Goatfish and the Whitespot Goatfish. They are uncommon on the rubble areas and reefs on the Tanzanian coast and are only occa...
Yellowfin goatfish (Mulloidychtys vanicolensis)

Yellowfin Goatfish- Facts and Photographs

The Yellowfin goatfish (Mulloidychtys vanicolensis) is also known as the Golden banded goatfish and the Goldstripe goatfish. They are not common in Tanzanian coastal waters  and are only occasionally seen. ...
Honeycomb Filefish (Cantherhines pardalis) is also known as the Wirenet Filefish and the Honeycomb Leather- jacket

Honeycomb Filefish – Facts and Photographs

The Honeycomb Filefish (Cantherhines pardalis) is also known as the Wirenet Filefish and the Honeycomb Leather- jacket. They are unusual looking and are fairly shy fishes that are difficult to approach clos...
Hypselodoris bullockii

Hypselodoris bullockii-Facts and Photographs

Hypselodoris bullockii is commonly known as Bullocks Hypsolodoris.   They are dorid nudibranch's. As with other nudibranchs, they are shell-less marine gastropod mollusks. To make up for the lack of protect...
Acanthurus lineatus common names lined surgeonfish, lue banded surgeonfish, blue-lined surgeonfish, clown surgeonfish, clown tang , pyjama tang, striped surgeonfish, and zebra surgeonfish,

Lined Surgeonfish-Facts and Photographs

The Lined Surgeonfish (Acanthurus lineatus) is also known as the Clown Surgeonfish, the BlueBanded Surgeonfish and the Striped Surgeonfish. Members of the Acanthuridae family have a retractable razor sharp ...