Tag: Symbiotic Relationship

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Magnificent Anemone (Heteractis Magnifica) with Pink Anemonefish (Amphiprion Perideraion)

A Pink Anemonefish (Amphiprion Perideraion) settles into its host Magnificent Anemone (Heteractis Magnifica) as the early evening sunlight begins to fade over Mae Haad/Koh Ma reef.

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Blue-Spotted Shrimpgoby (Cryptocentrus Pavoninoides) - Male

The "resident" male Blue-Spotted Shrimpgoby (Cryptocentrus Pavoninoides) emerges from a cloud of silt created by one of its "partner" Alpheid Shrimps.

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Tomato Grouper (Cephalopholis Sonnerati) with Glass-Cleaner Shrimps(Urocaridella Antonbruunii)

This photo shows the smaller (possibly female) Tomato Grouper (Cephalopholis sonnerati) enjoying the attention of some Glass-Cleaner Shrimps (Urocaridella antonbruunii) in a crevice close to the South-East corner of

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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

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Malabar Grouper (Epinephelus Malabaricus)

A large Malabar Grouper (Epinephelus Malabaricus) seeks out the cleaning "services" of a Blue-Streak Cleaner Wr

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Brown-Marbled Grouper (Epinephelus Fuscoguttatus) with Glass Cleaner Shrimps (Urocaridella Antonbruunii)

This photo, taken at Sail Rock, shows a Brown-Marbled Grouper (Epinephelus Fuscoguttatus) that has entered a crevice inhabited by some

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Saddleback Anemonefish (Amphiprion polymnus) and Haddon's Carpet Anemone (Stichodactyla haddoni)

A pair of adult Saddleback Anemonefish (Amphiprion polymnus) keep a watchful eye on a single tiny juvenile.

Although tiny, it is possible to see the lighter colouration of the juvenile when compared to the two adults.

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Gold-Speckled (Ctenogobiops Pomastictus)

This photo taken at Mae Haad/Koh Ma reef shows a Gold-Speckled (Ctenogobiops Pomastictus) guards the entrance to the burrow it shares with the Pistol (Alpheid) Shrimp in the foreground.

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Pink-Spotted Shrimp Goby (Cryptocentrus Leptocephalus) with Alpheid Shrimp (Alpheus Sp.)

The Pink-Spotted Shrimp Goby (Cryptocentrus Leptocephalus) is one of the most colourful of all locally occurring Goby species.