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 – 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,...

False Cleanerfish – Facts and Photographs

The False Cleanerfish (Aspidontus tractus) mimics the Blue Streak Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus)pictured below across each stage of its life. False Cleanerfish fangblennies and the name originates fr...
Piano Fangblenny (Plagiotremus tapeinosoma) is also known as the Hit and Run Blenny, Mimic Blenny and Scale-eating Fangblenny

Piano Fangblenny – Facts and Photographs

The Piano Fangblenny (Plagiotremus tapeinosoma) is also known as the Hit and Run Blenny, Mimic Blenny and Scale-eating Fangblenny. They obtain their name from the black and brown striped pattern running dow...
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...
Threespot Angelfish (Apolemichthys trimaculatus) is also known as the Three-spot Angelfish and the Flagfin Angelfish

Threespot Angelfish – Facts and Photographs

The Threespot Angelfish (Apolemichthys trimaculatus) is also known as the Three-spot Angelfish and the Flagfin Angelfish. They have a very distinctive bright colouration and are easy to see and identify und...
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...

African Butterflyfish – Facts and Photographs

The African Butterflyfish Chaetodon dolosus is also known as the , Blackedged Butterflyfish.  Being primarily found quite deep they are not commonly seen on recreational dives although occasionally they do move...
Maldives damselfish (Amblyglyphidodon indicus)

Unidentified Fish species

This fish has been identified as Amblyglyphidodon indicus thanks for the help Can anyone identify this Damselfish ?  Only seen so far on the Tanzanian coast from Songo Songo Island to Dar es Salaam in Tanzan...

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...