Posts Tagged "Koh Phangan marine life"

Axiidea; Burrowing Shrimps

Posted by on Oct 25, 2019 in | Comments Off on Axiidea; Burrowing Shrimps

Also known as Mud Shrimps, these decapods live only below the sand. This meant that when we encountered this one when diving in Chaloklum Bay, we had no idea what it was! Turns out that he’s from the Callianassidae family – a male Trypaea australiensis probably. It seems that members of this infra-order are not at all like your conventional Caridean...

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Moon Crab, Ashtoret lunaris

Posted by on Oct 11, 2019 in | Comments Off on Moon Crab, Ashtoret lunaris

The Moon Crab is a type of swimmer crab, also adapted for digging in the sand. It differs from the family Portunidae in that all its back legs are...

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Box Crabs; Calappidae

Posted by on Oct 11, 2019 in | Comments Off on Box Crabs; Calappidae

Box Crabs are also known as shame-faced crabs due to their appearance with pincers retracted. They have specially adapted claws for feeding on sea snails. Underwater photo’s only from Koh Phangan dive...

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Emperor Angelfish, Pomacanthus imperator

Posted by on Aug 30, 2019 in | Comments Off on Emperor Angelfish, Pomacanthus imperator

In nearly 30 years of diving around Koh Phangan we had never seen an Emperor Angelfish! In July 2019 on a great dive trip to Samran Pinnacle we were able to take a couple of underwater...

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Pennaria disticha

Posted by on Jun 30, 2019 in | Comments Off on Pennaria disticha

Pennaria disticha is another colonial hydroid that you are unlikely to notice when diving or snorkelling here. They are most often found on piers and moorings around Koh...

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