Fish

Convict Blenny
Pholidichthys leucotaenia

Monsoon has ended very early this year, and we’ve already started diving on the south ‘clear water’ sites. We are lucky to have renowned photographer Wolfgang Poelzer and his wife Barbara diving with us. They’ve been to Ambon before, but have never dived anywhere but Ambon Bay. The muck dives have, as always, been fantastic, …

Convict Blenny
Pholidichthys leucotaenia
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It’s All About The Eggs
Histiophryne psychedelica

Focusing on her most prominent feature, her eggs, you can clearly see them, including an eye and her rapid movements to help clean and aerate her babies. At the end of the video you can see, in slow motion, how she seems to be ejecting small bits if debris that have worked their way into …

It’s All About The Eggs
Histiophryne psychedelica
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Psychedelic Frogfish
Histiophryne psychedelica
2016

Everyone who comes to Ambon to dive, not surprisingly, wants to see the Psychedelic Frogfish, Histiophryne psychedelica. And it’s a critter we would love to show everyone too. The last sighting was at the end of 2014, when we found it in Ambon Bay and before that it had been about 4 years since one …

Psychedelic Frogfish
Histiophryne psychedelica
2016
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The Psychedelic Frogfish
Histiophryne psychedelica
2014

The Psychedelic Frogfish – Histiophryne psychedelica – is the Holy Grail of critters. Only discovered and photographed in 2008, it has only been found in Ambon, making it one of the most unique creatures to be found. For the last five years it has not been seen at all. That all changed this week. One …

The Psychedelic Frogfish
Histiophryne psychedelica
2014
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Rhinopias
Rhinopias eschmeyeri & frondosa

  Rhinopias, a member of the Scorpionfish family, are perhaps the ultimate underwater critter. Famed for their striking colours and body shape, their rarity adds to their legend. A firm favourite of underwater photographers and videographers, it is one of the reasons that divers come to Ambon. The come in three flavours, Paddleflap, Weedy and …

Rhinopias
Rhinopias eschmeyeri & frondosa
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Lots of Mushroom Coral Pipefish
Siokunichthys nigrolineatus

  Mushroom Coral Pipefish are one of my favourite critters. As their name suggests they make their home in the polyps of Mushroom Coral. They are pretty rare and usually you find one or occasionally two in the coral. We were therefore extremely lucky to find ten (yes 10) in one coral!! I had never …

Lots of Mushroom Coral Pipefish
Siokunichthys nigrolineatus
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