Coral reefs as an eco system provide succour, safety and residence to an incredible range of bio-diversity. Reef fishes are just one type of lifeform that find a home within the vastness of reefs and reef drop-offs. Each lifeform relies on others to survive and thrive, some forming direct symbiotic relationships, whilst others simply feeding or resting within the corals. Reef fish dart in and out of the pathways and nooks giving glorious colour and life to the oceans awe-inspiring and intricate coral reef eco systems.
Black-sided Hawkfish perched within a coral nook
Black-sided Hawkfish sitting safely within a cliff-top coral nook surveying activities within the corals. Black-sided Hawkfish have extremely sharp teeth and powerful jaws, they perch on coral heads and feed on small fish or crustaceans which they easily crush within their jaws. Hawkfish are often dotted in nooks and crannies, cleverly hiding from their prey.
Fimbriated moray eel
Fimbriated moray eel emerging from its den in a beautifully textured reef garden, strewn with the vibrant colours of sponges, corals and other sea life. Fimbriated morays prefer protected dens in harbours and small caves, normally within dead corals, although an abundance of other sea life provide decorative colours and textures.
Foursaddle grouper perched safely behind a maxima clam
Foursaddle grouper perched by a vibrant blue maxima clam (also known as the small giant clam), on an reef outcrop of brain coral. Canvas prints, photo posters of reef fish pictures. Groupers often find coral heads or outcrops where they remain so motionless within the crevices of the reef that they are hard to detect.
Humbug Dascyllus peeping out from pink corals
Humbug Dascyllus peeping out from its home among pink Acropora corals. Humbug Dascyllus are tiny fish that normally inhabit areas of shallow lagoons and sub-tidal reefs. They form into small groups and inhabit Acropora and Pocillopora corals, darting among branching corals and protecting their territory, minute fish with large personality.
Bannerfish in a castle of corals
Red Sea Bannerfish occupying a beautiful golden castle of fire corals. Red sea Bannerfish hover by coral heads or other coral formations, often in pairs but also singly. Red Sea Bannerfish are only found in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. They feed sucessfully as they are able to pick out small organisms from the corals due to their exceptionally fine hairlike teeth.
Diagonal Butterflyfish suspended over a sea of coral columns
Diagonal Butterflyfish approaching a tasty morsel of coral. Diagonal Butterflyfish have a yellow body with eleven diagonal stripes and feed on the corals of the Red Sea. Diagonal Butterflyfish are only found in the Red sea and Gulf of Aden although despite their limited habitat range, they are generally abundant.
Spiny Seahorse hidden in an exquisite underwater tableau
Spiny Seahorse hidden in an exquisite underwater tableau, barely discernible from the underwater flora and seashells. Only its beautiful doe like eyes giving away its existence. Seemingly embedded into the underwater seascape, the spiny seahorse hooks its tail around a nearby branch to anchor itself from the current.
Lizardfish perched on aledge
Variegated Lizardfish camouflaged within the vibrant reds and greens of sea sponges and other sea creatures. The mottled colouring and patterns of a Variegated Lizardfish blend into the background rendering them invisible to passing fishes. When prey comes too close, they dart out and catch them with ultra sharp teeth.