Raggy Scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis venosa) is also known as the Yellow-nose Scorpionfish
Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish(Dendrochirus brachypterus) is also called the Shortfin Lionfish, the shortfin turkeyfish and the Dwarf Lionfish

Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish-Facts and Photographs

The Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish (Dendrochirus brachypterus) is also called the Shortfin Lionfish, the shortfin turkeyfish and the Dwarf Lionfish. As the name dwarf implies, they are one of the smaller Lionfish. Th...
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. With their fins spread ...
Golden Scorpionfish (Parascorpaena aurita)

Golden Scorpionfish-Facts Photographs

  The Golden Scorpionfish (Parascorpaena aurita)is one of the smaller less well known scorpionfish. They are rare in Tanzanian waters and only a few specimens have been sighted and photographed. A...
he Common Lionfish, Indian Lionfish or Devil Firefish (Pterois miles)

Common Lionfish-Facts and Photographs

The Common Lionfish, Indian Lionfish or Devil Firefish (Pterois miles) is only found in the Western Indian ocean. They are often understandably confused with Pterois Volitans which is also called the Common...
clearfin lionfish, tailbar lionfish, radiata lionfish, fireworks fish, or radial firefish (Pterois radiata)

Clearfin Lionfish-Facts Photographs

The Clearfin lionfish (Pterois radiata) is also known as the Radial   lionfish or Tailbar Lionfish. They are a fairly reclusive fish and are not commonly seen out during the day.  One can often see their di...
Spotfin lionfish, Antennata lionfish or broadbarred firefish, Pterois antennata

Spotfin Lionfish-Facts and Photographs

The Spotfin Lionfish (Pterois antennata) is often confused with the Mombasa Lionfish (Pterois mombasae) The easiest way to distinguish the two is on the eye. The Spotfin Lionfish has a bar through the eye t...
Devil Scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis diabolus) is also known as the False Stonefish

Devil Scorpionfish-Facts Photographs

The he Devil Scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis diabolus) is also known as the False Stonefish. They are extremely well camouflaged and as can be seen in the image below are hard to spot.  As with all members of t...
Mombasa Lionfish (Pterois mombasae)

Mombasa Lionfish-Facts Photographs –

The Mombasa Lionfish (Pterois mombasae) is frequently misidentified by many people and there are many sites on the web that have information on the Mombasa Lionfish and an image of the Spotfin Lionfish (Pte...
Twinspot Lionfish Dendrochirus biocellatus, also known as the twospot turkeyfish or ocellated lionfish

Twinspot Lionfish-Facts Photographs

The Twinspot Lionfish, Dendrochirus biocellatus,  is also known as the as the Ocellated lionfish, Twinspot Lionfish, Twospot turkeyfish and the Fu Manchu lionfish.  As with all members of the scorpionfish f...
Weedy scorpionfish Rhinopias frondosa is also known as the Lacy Scorpionfish

Weedy Scorpionfish- Facts and Photographs

The Weedy Scorpionfish Rhinopias frondosa is an extremely unusual looking fish. They are often confused with the Paddle-flap Scorpionfish Rhinopias eschmeyeri which are similar in looks but are not as ornat...
Raggy Scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis venosa) is also known as the Yellow-nose Scorpionfish

Raggy Scorpionfish-Facts Photographs

The Raggy Scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis venosa) is also known as the Yellow-nose Scorpionfish.  As with all Scorpionfish, they are ambush predators which rely on very colorful camouflage. In deeper waters whe...
Paddle-flap scorpionfish or Eschmeyer's scorpionfish Rhinopias eschmeyeri

Paddle-flap Scorpionfish- Facts and Photographs

The Paddle-flap scorpionfish, Popeyed Scorpionfish or Eschmeyer's scorpionfish, Rhinopias eschmeyeri is a very unusual looking fish. They have a very distinctive set of paddles or flaps above the eyes from ...
Mozambique scorpionfish Parascorpaena Mossambica

Mozambique Scorpionfish- Facts and Photographs

The Mozambique scorpionfish Parascorpaena Mossambica is one of the smaller scorpionfish. They have a very distinctive set of elongated cirri above the eyes that resemble antlers. As with all the scorpionfis...
scuba diving freediving

A Colorful Ambush Predator

The popeyed scorpionfish, Rhinopias frondosa, is a colorful ambush predator which hides in plain sight, sometimes being surprisingly difficult to distinguish from a piece of coral or plant life. The species...
Clearfin Lionfish (Pterois radiata)

Clearfin Lionfish

A clearfin lionfish (Pterois radiata), also known as the tailbar lionfish, radiata lionfish or radial firefish perches on a coral rock off the coast of Dar es Salaam. This is the only lionfish species which has...
zebra lionfish

Zebra Lionfish in Dar es Salaam

A zebra lionfish (Dendrochirus zebra), also known as a dwarf lionfish, rests on a barrel sponge (Xestospongia testudinaria) off the coast of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Lionfish have venomous spines that can b...

Chillin Like a Villain

A tasseled scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis oxycephala) 'chillin like a villian' atop a coral reef and surrounded with lots of options for lunch. Photo taken scuba diving in Dar es Salaam with a Sony DSC-RX100M ...
Red Lionfish (Pterois volitans)

Lionfish on Slemmestad

A red lionfish (Pterois volitans) perched on the base of the Slemmestad Wreck in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Red lionfish are native to the Indo-Pacific region, as well as the western and central Pacific and o...
tasseled scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis oxycephala)

Tasseled Scorpionfish

A colorfully patterned tasseled scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis oxycephala) perched atop a coral bommie. Photographed while scuba diving off the coast of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Photo shot with a Sony DSC-RX10...

Black Volitan Lionfish

A black volitan lionfish (Pterois volitans) with venomous spines fully outstretched in efforts to deter the photographer, a potential predator. Photographed while scuba diving off...

Lionfish Photobombs Selfie

A lionfish managed to photobomb me while free-diving beneath a mooring in Msasani Bay, Dar es Salaam. I was busy taking video selfies when the lionfish blundered into the shot. Guess it wanted its moment in...

Strategically Placed

A vibrantly colored tasseled scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis oxycephala) in Dar es Salaam. Scorpionfish feed by opening their mouth wide and using their gills to create a suction which literally sucks the fish ...

Tassled Scorpionfish

A tasseled scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis oxycephala), perched on atop coral off the coast of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Tassel scorpionfish vary considerably in color and are bearded with numerous tassels below...
Stonefish Inside Shipwreck

Stonefish Inside Wreck

A stonefish hidden beneath a shoal of commerson's anchovy inside the hull of the Slemmestad Wreck in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Photo by Renee Blundon....