Posts Tagged "Koh Phangan marine life"

Fan-bellied Filefish, Monacanthus chinensis

Posted by on Nov 26, 2018 in | Comments Off on Fan-bellied Filefish, Monacanthus chinensis

We find Fan-bellied Filefish on Koh Phangan dive sites under piers, on wrecks and wherever there’s shelter. They can be quite inquisitive – I’ve had one constantly sticking it’s nose in front of the camera lens as I tried to take underwater macro...

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Molpadiida

Posted by on Sep 5, 2018 in | Comments Off on Molpadiida

The Molpadiidae are a truly obscure family of Sea Cucumbers. We had no idea what this beast was for years – seen drifting over the sand at Mae Haad Reef, Koh Phangan. Unlike most Holothurians it has an elongated body, smooth skin, no tube feet and in this case is close to neutrally buoyant. We think that this is a deeper water creature that somehow got carried into the...

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Stichopus chloronotus

Posted by on Sep 5, 2018 in | Comments Off on Stichopus chloronotus

Stichopus chloronotus is a distinctive sea cucumber. Although it is common in SE Asia we don’t see so many at the dive sites around Koh...

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Holothuria leucospilota

Posted by on Jun 30, 2018 in | Comments Off on Holothuria leucospilota

Holothuria leucospilota is found on Koh Phangan hard coral reefs, but not so much out on the sand. They often lodge their back end under a coral so that they can retract there if threatened. They also have a bunch of sticky stuff – Cuvierian Tubules – that they can eject if in...

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Holothuria atra

Posted by on Jun 30, 2018 in | Comments Off on Holothuria atra

Holothuria atra is usually found in shallow coral reef habitats around Koh Phangan, on the sand. Apparently its sandy coating helps protect it from the heat of the sun. Unlike other Holuthurians it can extrude its own internal organs when threatened –...

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