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Monday Archives: Rare Red, Red Sea Anemones

Monday Archives: Rare Red, Red Sea Anemones

You’d be forgiven for thinking that every anemone was brightly colored, if you were to go by the offerings in dealer’s tanks. Rose red Bubble tips were commonplace in the fish store I used to visit, for example. In reality though, many anemones are rather nondescript...

Monday Archives: Butterflyfish of the Red Sea

Monday Archives: Butterflyfish of the Red Sea

I'm slowly working through some recent images from the Red Sea and hopefully you're enjoying seeing them.  Here is a selection of butterflyfish. The first on my list is the Masked or Blue cheek Butterfly.  Chaetodon semilarvatus is perhaps the quintessential Red Sea...

Monday Archives: Newly described Pleco named after Star Wars character

Monday Archives: Newly described Pleco named after Star Wars character


Newly described Pleco named after Star Wars character

Peckoltia greedoi (preserved specimen)

The researchers describe the etymology of Peckoltia greedoi in this way:

Named for Greedo of Rodia, a bounty hunter killed by Han Solo in Chalmun’s Spaceport Cantina in the movie “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” (Lucasfilm, Twentieth Century Fox, 1977) with whom this species shares a remarkable resemblance.

Monday Archives: Reefs on the Move

Monday Archives: Reefs on the Move

Reefs are dynamic places, which is something I think we often forget. When looking at images of coral reefs or even experiencing them first hand, there is a tendency to assume they are unchanging and permanent; but they are, in actuality, moving, just very, very...

Monday Archives: Amphiprion omanensis in the Wild

Monday Archives: Amphiprion omanensis in the Wild

I recently posted some images of juvenile members of the species, or at least I think they are.  With these images I'm far less unsure; if anyone thinks I'm wrong, then please know that I'm happy to be set right. These really are quite attractive members of the genus,...

Monday Archives: A Few More Tiny Subjects

Monday Archives: A Few More Tiny Subjects

In my last few posts I've discussed how I try to photograph a cross-section of the reef life I come across, from vistas of coral in well-lit waters to shoals of whatever night be swimming past.  One of my favorite categories of reef life to snap are the tiny critters...