Tag: All Shallow Inshore Reef Areas

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Moon Wrasse (Thalassoma lunare) - dominant male with subordinates

A single dominant male Moon Wrasse (Thalassoma lunare) carefully guards its harem of "intermediate phase" females (and subordinate males) during a period of spawning at Sail Rock.

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Lagoon Shrimp Goby (Cryptocentrus Cyanotaenia)

This Lagoon Shrimp Goby (Cryptocentrus cyanotaenia), photographed at Mae Haad/Koh Ma reef, shows yet another slight colour variation.

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Black-Blotched Porcupinefish (Diodon Liturosus)

A pair of approachable Black-Blotched Porcupinefish (Diodon Liturosus) photographed beneath Chaloklum pier.

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Jewelled Blenny (Salarias Fasciatus)

The Jewelled Blenny (Salarias Fasciatus), such as this one photographed at Mae Haad/Koh Ma, is one of the largest species of Blenny found in local waters.

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Black-Blotched Porcupinefish (Diodon Liturosus)

Although often quite shy, this Black-Blotched Porcupinefish (Diodon Liturosus) photographed beneath Chaloklum pier seemed very relaxed when approached.

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White-Streaked Grouper (Epinephelus Ongus)

This photograph of an adult White-Streaked Grouper (Epinephelus Ongus) at Sail Rock clearly shows the main distinguishing features of the species in local waters eg.

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White-Streaked Grouper (Epinephelus Ongus)

This photograph shows a paler-coloured adult White-Streaked Grouper (Epinephelus Ongus) at Mae Haad/Koh Ma.

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White-Streaked Grouper (Epinephelus Ongus)

An adult White-Streaked Grouper (Epinephelus Ongus) shares a crevice with a Redcoat Squirrelfish (Sargocentron Rubrum) at Sail Rock.

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Teira Batfish (Platax Teira) with Blue-Streak Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides Dimidiatus)

Teira Batfish (Platax Teira) are one of the most approachable and photogenic of all local fish species, particularly when they break away from the main group to seek out the services of Blue-Streak Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides Dimidiatus) at a "cleaning station" as was the case in this photo taken at

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Ventral-Barred Shrimp Goby - Pale/Brown Variation (Cryptocentrus sp.) with Alpheid Shrimp

A Ventral-Barred Shrimp Goby (Cryptocentrus sp.) stands guard at the entrance to the tunnel it shares with this Alpheid aka Pistol Shrimp (Alpheus Sp.) on the seaward side of Mae Haad ree