Posts Tagged "Koh Phangan"

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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Orange Sprawling Sponge, Clathria reinwardti

Posted by on Nov 6, 2018 in | Comments Off on Orange Sprawling Sponge, Clathria reinwardti

We have a large area of Orange Sprawling Sponge on the east side of Chaloklum Bay, here on Koh Phangan. It is located in several metres depth on the outside of the coral reef...

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Sinularia Soft Corals

Posted by on Sep 5, 2018 in | Comments Off on Sinularia Soft Corals

Sinularia Soft Coral can be found on most Koh Phangan coral reefs. Its relatively drab colouration means that it’s not often noticed on SCUBA dives. Some of these Alcyoniidae may well be in the genus Lobophytum but it’s hard to tell which ones have siphonozooids and which don’t… Sinularia dura is the only one we’re sure...

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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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