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...
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...
Cryptic wrasse Pteragogus cryptus

Cryptic Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Cryptic wrasse Pteragogus cryptus is also known as the Indian Sneaky Wrasse.  They certainly live up to their name. They are extremely difficult to photograph well due to their habit of going into hidin...
Diana's hogfish, Bodianus diana

Dianas Hogfish- Facts and Photographs

The Diana's hogfish (Bodianus Diana) are the most common of the Bodianus family in Tanzanian waters.  As with all the members of this family there is considerable divergence in looks between the juveniles a...
Lyretail hogfish (Bodianus anthioides)

Lyretail Hogfish- Facts and Photographs

The Lyretail hogfish (Bodianus anthioides) is one of the Labridae family that looks completely different as a juvenile (below) when compared to the adult (above). They are not common fishes on the Tanzanian...
Rainbow Wrasse (Halichoeres iridis)

Rainbow Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Rainbow Wrasse (Halichoeres iridis) is also known as the Radiant Wrasse. They are very common in certain areas of the Tanzanian coast. APPEARANCE In Tanzanian waters there is little variation in c...
axilspot hogfish, Bodianus axillaris

Axilspot Hogfish- Facts and Photographs

The Axilspot hogfish ( Bodianus axillaris) is also known as the Coral Hogfish, Axil Pigfish, Turncoat Hogfish and the Polkadot Wrasse. As with other members of the Bodianus family, they exhibit considerable...
Snooty wrasse (Cheilinus oxycephalus)

Snooty Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Snooty wrasse (Cheilinus oxycephalus) is also known as the Snooty Maori wrasse, Pointed-head wrasse, Point-head Maori wrasse, Red Maori wrasse.  They are fairly common in Tanzanian waters but are extrem...
goldbar wrasse (Thalassoma hebraicum)

Goldbar Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Goldbar Wrasse (Thalassoma hebracium) is one of the most common wrasses on the Tanzanian coast. They are extremely active fish and cruise the reef at high speed. APPEARANCE As with many wrasses th...
Exquisite Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus exquisitus)

Exquisite Fairy Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Exquisite Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus exquisitus) is a very common wrasse on the reef edge and rubble areas off the Tanzanian coast. They are small colorful wrasses that often congregate in large groups....
Bicolor cleaner wrasse Labroides bicolor is also known as the Two-colored Cleaner Wrasse and the Yellow Diesel Wrasse.

Bicolor Cleaner Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Bicolor cleaner wrasse Labroides bicolor is also known as the Two-colored Cleaner Wrasse and the Yellow Diesel Wrasse. They are relatively common inhabitants of the reefs in Tanzania. They are not as co...
Cheek-lined Maori wrasse Oxycheilinus digramma also known as the , Cheeklined Maori wrasse, Cheeklined wrasse and Bandcheek wrasse

Cheek-lined Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

  The Cheek-lined wrasse Oxycheilinus digramma is also known as the Cheeklined Maori wrasse, Cheeklined wrasse and Bandcheek wrasse. They are relatively common inhabitants of the reefs in Tanzania. ...
Two-Spot Maori Wrasse (Cheilinus bimaculatus) also known as the Little Maori wrasse and Two-spot wrasse

Two-Spot Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Two-Spot Wrasse Oxycheilinus bimaculatus also known as the Little Maori wrasse and Two-spot Maori wrasse. They are relatively common inhabitants of the reefs in Tanzania and are the smallest wrasses of ...
Tripletail Wrasse, Cheilinus trilobatus is also known as Maori Wrasse, Trilobed Maori Wrasse, Tripletail Maori, Triple-tail Maori-wrasse and Trippletail Maori Wrasse.

Floral Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Floral Wrasse, Cheilinus chlorourus is also known as Floral Maori Wrasse. They are one of the larger wrasses and are usually very shy and because of this are very difficult to approach and photograph. ...

Adorned Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

  The Adorned Wrasse (Halichoeres cosmetus) is also known as the Cosmetic wrasse. They are small colourful fast moving wrasses that are common on the reefs and surrounding areas in Tanzania. As with...
Striated wrasse, Pseudocheilinus evanidus

Striated Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

    The Striated wrasse, Pseudocheilinus evanidus is also known as the Disappearing wrasse and the Secretive wrasse. They obtain the latter two names because of their extremely reclusive beh...
six line wrasse, Pseudocheilinus hexataenia

Six Line Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

bu   The Six line wrasse, Pseudocheilinus hexataenia also known as the Six Stripe Wrasse.  With its vivid purple and orange colouration it is an exceptionally pretty wrasse that stands out against th...
moon wrasse (Thalassoma lunare)

Moon Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Moon Wrasse (Thalassoma lunare) is also known as the Lunar wrasse or Crescent tail wrasse. They obtain their name from the crescent shaped tail that is present in the adults. APPEARANCE Moon wrasses a...
Lined Wrasse

Wrasses- Facts and Photographs

Wrasses are in the family, Labridae, of marine fish, many of which are brightly colored. The family is very large and quite diverse with more than 600 species divided into nine sub groups. These groups vary tre...