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 ...
Bluelined Shrimp goby (Cryptocentrus bulbiceps) may be conspecific to Cryptocentrus fasciatus

Bluelined Shrimp Goby – Facts and Photographs

The Bluelined Shrimp goby (Cryptocentrus bulbiceps) may be conspecific to Cryptocentrus fasciatus as the two resemble each other. Possibly only DNA testing may confirm this. They are common in some areas of...
Lined Butterflyfish (Chaetodon lineolatus) is also known as the Line Butterflyfish, Lined Butterfly and New-moon Coralfish

Lined Butterflyfish – Facts and Photographs

The Lined Butterflyfish (Chaetodon lineolatus) is also known as the Line Butterflyfish, Lined Butterfly and New-moon Coralfish .  They are the largest of the Butterflyfish and are widely distributed but 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...
Raccoon butterflyfish (Chaetodon lunula) is also known as the Lunula butterflyfish, Halfmoon butterflyfish and the Crescent-masked Butterflyfish

Raccoon Butterflyfish – Facts and Photographs

The Raccoon butterflyfish (Chaetodon lunula) is also known as the Lunula butterflyfish, Halfmoon butterflyfish and the Crescent-masked Butterflyfish.  They are common mainly on the shallower reefs on the co...
Queen wrasse (Coris Formosa) is also known as the Queen Coris and the Formosa wrasse

Queen Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Queen wrasse (Coris Formosa) is also known as the Queen Coris and the Formosa wrasse. They are not a common wrasse on Tanzanian reefs and the large adult males are quite rare. As with many wrasses the c...
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...
Blackflap Blenny (Cirripectes auritus) also known as the Eared Blenny

Blackflap Blenny – Facts and Photographs

The Blackflap Blenny (Cirripectes auritus) also known as the Eared Blenny and the Black-eared Eyelash Blenny. They are combtooth blennies that make their home in holes, usually in corals and sponges.  ...
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...
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 ...
Tubelip wrasse (Labrichthys unilineatus)

Tubelip Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Tubelip wrasse (Labrichthys unilineatus) is also known as the Tube-mouth Wrasse and the One-lined Wrasse. They are not a common wrasse on Tanzanian reefs but neither are they that rare. They tend to ...
Smalltail Wrasse (Pseudojuloides cerasinus) is also known as the Smalltail Pencil Wrasse

Smalltail Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Smalltail Wrasse (Pseudojuloides cerasinus) is also known as the Smalltail Pencil Wrasse. While not a common wrasse on Tanzanian main reefs, neither are they that rare. They tend to favor mixed rubble a...
The Aurora Goby (Amblyeleotris aurora) is also known as the Aurora Shrimp Goby and the Pinkbar Goby

Aurora Goby – Facts and Photographs

The Aurora Goby (Amblyeleotris aurora) is also known as the Aurora Shrimp Goby and the Pinkbar Goby. As their name implies they have a symbiotic relationship with a species of alpheid shrimp, Alpheus randal...
Tiger Reef Eel (Scuticaria tigrina) is also known as the Tiger Snake Moray Eel

Tiger Reef Eel – Facts and Photographs

The Tiger Reef Eel (Scuticaria tigrina) is also known as the Tiger Snake Moray Eel and the Tiger Moray Eel . They are reclusive eels and are not commonly seen out in the open during the day. Usually one onl...
Whitespotted grouper (Epinephelus coeruleopunctatus) is also known as the White Spotted Rockcod

Whitespotted Grouper – Facts and Photographs

The Whitespotted grouper (Epinephelus coeruleopunctatus) is also known as the White Spotted Rockcod. As can be seen in the images they obtain their name from the white spots across the body. They are fairly...
Thumbprint Emperor (Lethrinus harak) is also known as the Blackspot emperor

Thumbprint Emperor – Facts and Photographs

The Thumbprint Emperor (Lethrinus harak) is also known as the Blackspot emperor . They are fairly common inhabitants of rubble areas and reef sides in Tanzania. APPEARANCE Thumbprint Emperor have a typica...
Scaly chromis (Chromis lepidolepis) is also known as the Brown Chromis

Scaly Chromis – Facts and Photographs

The Scaly chromis (Chromis lepidolepis) is also known as the Brown Chromis. They are extremely common fishes on the Tanzanian coast. APPEARANCE The body has an elongated oval shape with a pointed nose. Th...
Weber's Chromis ( Chromis weberi) also known as the Dark Bar Chromis

Weber’s Chromis – Facts and Photographs

Weber's Chromis ( Chromis weberi) is also known as the Dark Bar Chromis, they are extremely common on the Tanzanian coast. APPEARANCE The body has an elongated oval shape with a pointed nose. The body is ...
chiseltooth wrasse, Pseudodax moluccanus

Chiseltooth Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Chiseltooth wrasse, Pseudodax moluccanus is not a common wrasse on Tanzanian reefs but neither are they that rare. They tend to favor specific areas of the reef and if one dives in these areas one will ...
Double Bar Chromis ( Chromis opercularis) is also known as the Double Bar Lightning Chromis

Double Bar Chromis – Facts and Photographs

The Double Bar Chromis ( Chromis opercularis) is also known as the Double Bar Lightning Chromis , the latter name refering to its juvenile stage when it is brightly colored. APPEARANCE The body has an elo...
Oriental wrasse Oxycheilinus orientalis is also known as the Oriental Maori wrasse

Oriental Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Oriental wrasse Oxycheilinus orientalis is also known as the Oriental Maori wrasse. They are relatively common inhabitants on the deeper reefs in Tanzania. APPEARANCE The Oriental wrasse has a similar...