Sea Grass Wrasse (Novaculoides macrolepidotus) is also known as the Emerald Wrasse

Sea Grass Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Sea Grass Wrasse (Novaculoides macrolepidotus) is also known as the Emerald Wrasse.  They are fairly rare in Tanzanian waters but seem common in some areas. The specimens in the images were photographed...
Eight lined wrasse (Pseudocheilinus octotaenia) is also known as the Eightstripe Wrasse or Eightline Wrasse. 

Eight Lined Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Eight lined wrasse (Pseudocheilinus octotaenia) is also known as the Eightstripe Wrasse or Eightline Wrasse.  They are similar looking to the Six Line Wrasse  (Pseudochelinus hexatania) but they are sli...
Male Triplespot wrasse (Halichoeres trispilus) is also known as the  White wrasse.

Triplespot wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Triplespot wrasse (Halichoeres trispilus) is also known as the  White wrasse. They are rarely seen in Tanzania and we have only seen them in one small cave on a wall at some 28 to 32 meters ( tide depen...
African Wrasse also known as the African Coris and False Clown wrasse (Coris cuvieri)

African Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The African wrasse (Coris cuvieri) is also known as the African Coris and False Clown wrasse. They are not a common wrasse on Tanzanian reefs but neither are they uncommon. As with many wrasses the colourat...
Male Three-ribbon wrasse,(Stethojulis strigiventer) is also known as the Silverstreak wrasse, Silverbelly wrasse, Lined rainbowfish and Silver-streaked rainbowfish

Three-Ribbon Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Three-ribbon wrasse (Stethojulis strigiventer) is also known as the Silverstreak wrasse, Silverbelly wrasse, Lined rainbowfish and Silver-streaked rainbowfish. They are fairly common inhabitants of t...
Initial phase Bluespotted wrasse (Anampses caeruleopunctatus)

Bluespotted Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Bluespotted wrasse (Anampses caeruleopunctatus) is also known as the Bluespotted Tamarin, the Diamond Wrasse and the Bluefreckled Wrasse. The juveniles are known as leaf wrasse in many areas from their ...
Cigar wrasse (Cheilio inermis) is also known as the Sharp-nosed Rainbowfish, Pêche madame, Julia Larguirucha and Kamasubera

Cigar Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Cigar wrasse (Cheilio inermis) is also known as the Sharp-nosed Rainbowfish, Pêche madame, Julia Larguirucha and Kamasubera. They are not a common wrasse on Tanzanian reefs but neither are they uncommon...
Rockmover Wrasse (Novaculichthys taeniourus) is also known as the Dragon Wrasse, Reindeer Wrasse

Rockmover Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Rockmover Wrasse (Novaculichthys taeniourus) is also known as the Dragon Wrasse, Reindeer Wrasse,Masked Wrasse and Olive-scribbled Wrasse. The juveniles are known Leaf Wrasse in some areas. They are not...
Barred Thicklip wrasse is also knowmn as the Banded thicklip, Barred wrasse and Five-banded wrasse

Barred Thicklip Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Barred Thicklip Wrasse (Hemigymnus fasciatus) is also known as the Banded thicklip, Barred wrasse and Five-banded wrasse. They are not a common wrasse on Tanzanian reefs but neither are they uncommon. T...
Red-breasted Wrasse (Cheilinus fasciatus) is also known as the Banded maori wrasse, the Red-banded wrasse and the Scarlet-breasted wrasse

Red-breasted Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Red-breasted Wrasse (Cheilinus fasciatus) is also known as the Banded maori wrasse, the Red-banded wrasse and the Scarlet-breasted wrasse.  APPEARANCE Unlike most wrasses there is no major variation b...
Redcheek Wrasse (Thalassoma genivittatum) is also known as the Dolphin wrasse

Redcheek Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Redcheek Wrasse (Thalassoma genivittatum) is also known as the Dolphin wrasse from the juveniles resemblance to a Dolphin.  This can be seen in the image below. They tend to favor the tops of semi prote...
Pastel Ring Wrasse (Hologymnosus doliatus) is also known as the Candy cane wrasse, Longface wrasse, Narrow-banded wrasse, Ringed rainbowfish and simply the Ringed wrasse

Pastel Ring Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Pastel Ring Wrasse (Hologymnosus doliatus) is also known as the Candy cane wrasse, Longface wrasse, Narrow-banded wrasse, Ringed rainbowfish and simply the Ringed wrasse. They are not a common wrasse on...
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...
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 polackorum) 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 ...
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 ...
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...
Twotone Wrasse (Thalassoma amblycephalum) also known as the Bluntheaded wrasse and the Blueheaded wrasse.

Bluntheaded Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Bluntheaded Wrasse (Thalassoma amblycephalum) is also known as the Blueheaded wrasse.  They tend to favor the tops of semi protected shallow coral rich reefs.  They are extremely active fish and cruise ...
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...