Longnose Hawkfish (Oxycirrhites typus)

Longnose Hawkfish-Facts-Photographs

The Longnose Hawkfish (Oxycirrhites typus) is not a common fish in Tanzanian waters. They tend to be found quite deep and as a result are not often seen by recreational divers.  The specimens in the post we...
Twotone Wrasse (Thalassoma amblycephalum) also known as the Bluntheaded wrasse and the Blueheaded wrasse.

Bluntheaded Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Bluntheaded Wrasse (Thalassoma amblycephalum) is also known as the Blueheaded wrasse.  They tend to favor the tops of semi protected shallow coral rich reefs.  They are extremely active fish and cruise ...
Dash-and-Dot goatfish (Parupeneus barberinus) is also known as the Dash dot Goatfish

Dash-and-dot Goatfish- Facts and Photographs

The Dash-and-Dot goatfish (Parupeneus barberinus) is also known as the  Dash dot Goatfish. They are one of the more common goatfish on the Tanzanian coast. They superficially resemble the Longbarbel Goatfis...
Tiger Damselfish (Chrysiptera annulata) also known as the Footballer demoiselle

Tiger Damselfish – Facts and Photographs

The Tiger Damselfish (Chrysiptera annulata) is also known as the Footballer demoiselle.  They are common fish in the shallows a on Tanzanian reefs particularly on the shallow reefs with closely associated b...
The Yellowbreasted wrasse, Anampses twistii is also known as the Twister Wrasse

Yellowbreasted Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Yellowbreasted wrasse (Anampses twistii) is also known as the Twister Wrasse or Twist's Wrasse. They are fairly common inhabitants of the reef tops in Tanzania. APPEARANCE Unusually for the Anamps...
male Blue-Lined Wrasse ( Stethojulis albovittata ) is also known as the Rainbowfish

Blue-Lined Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Blue-Lined Wrasse ( Stethojulis albovittata ) is also known as the Rainbowfish. They are fairly common inhabitants of the reef tops in Tanzania and closely resemble the Red Shoulder Wrasse Stethojulis b...
Indo-Pacific Sergeant (Abudefduf vaigiensis) is also known as the Five-banded Sergeant-major

Indo-Pacific Sergeant – Facts and Photographs

The Indo-Pacific Sergeant (Abudefduf vaigiensis) is also known as the Five-banded Sergeant-major and in some areas simply as the Sergeant Major.  They are a common fish on Tanzanian reefs particularly on th...
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...