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...
Ehrenberg's Snapper (Lutjanus ehrenbergii) is also known as the Blackspot Snapper and Ehrenberg's Seaperch.

Ehrenberg’s Snapper – Facts and Photographs

The Ehrenberg's Snapper (Lutjanus ehrenbergii) is also known as the Blackspot Snapper and Ehrenberg's Seaperch. They are common inhabitants of rubble areas and reef tops in Tanzania. APPEARANCE Ehrenberg'...
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...

Unidentified Eel Species

Can anyone identify this Eel.  Only seen so far on the Tanzanian coast around Dar es Salaam. In some 600 dives I have seen five so they are pretty rare. Only once have I seen one out in the open and it was ...
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...
schooling bannerfish (Heniochus diphreutes), also known as the false moorish idol

Schooling Bannerfish – Facts and Photographs

The Schooling Bannerfish (Heniochus diphreutes) , is also known as the coachman or pennant bannerfish. They are sometimes called the poor man's moorish idol by aquarists as they are more affordable than the...
Mozambique Blenny (Meiacanthus mossambicus) is also known as the Harptail Blenny

Mozambique Blenny – Facts and Photographs

The Mozambique Blenny (Meiacanthus mossambicus) is also known as the Harptail Blenny. Blennies in the Meiacanthus Genus have grooved canine teeth with poison sacks that allow them to inject poison into thei...
snowflake moray (Echidna nebulosa) also known as the floral moray and clouded moray

Snowflake Moray Eel-Facts and Photographs

The Snowflake moray (Echidna nebulosa) also known as the Floral Moray Eel, the Starry Moray Eel and the Clouded Moray Eel.  They are not common in Tanzanian waters but neither are they very rare. APPEARANC...
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...
Fimbriated Moray Eel (Gymnothorax fimbriatus) is also known as the spot-face moray and the darkspotted moray

Fimbriated Moray Eel-Facts and Photographs

The Fimbriated Moray Eel (Gymnothorax fimbriatus) is also known as the spot-face moray, the darkspotted moray and the Cheetah Moray. They are rare in Tanzanian waters and we have sighted very few specimens,...