Posts Tagged "Koh Phangan marine life"

Viguieriotidae, Xmas Soft Coral

Posted by on Jan 25, 2019 in | Comments Off on Viguieriotidae, Xmas Soft Coral

Xmas Soft Coral has a quite different growth form from the Neptheidae soft corals. For whatever reason it is not a member of any suborder – a unique family! All these underwater photographs were taken at local dive sites in the Chaloklum Bay...

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Hormathianthus tuberculatus

Posted by on Jan 14, 2019 in | Comments Off on Hormathianthus tuberculatus

Many thanks to Joe Rowlett for identifying Hormathianthus tuberculatus for us. Up until 2018 this was another unidentified Sea Anemone – it’s great when we have some expert advice! No more than 4cm in size and photographed only at Koh Phangan dive...

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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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