Olive Anthias [Pseudanthias olivaceus]

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Olive Anthias, Pseudanthias olivaceus. Pacific Ocean: Cook Islands, Austral and Society islands (French Polynesia), Line Islands (Kiribati), and Tuamoto Archipelago. Marine reef-associated, depth range 1 – 34 m.

 Pictures: Cook Islands by Sami Salmenkivi


Bird Wrasse [Gomphosus varius]

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Gomphosus varius is a species of wrasse native to the Indo-Pacific. Common names include bird-nose wrassebird wrassebrown bird wrasseolive club-nosed wrasse, and purple club-nosed wrasse. This fish reaches about 30 centimeters long. It lives around corals and feeds on crustaceans, fish, and molluscs.

 Pictures: Cook Islands by Sami Salmenkivi

Clown sand wrasse [Coris aygula]

Clown sand wrasse or Clown coris or just Clown wrasse can grow to 120 cm in length. There is a marked difference in appearance between juveniles and adults; juveniles are white and orange with false eyes on the dorsal fin, while adults are uniformly dark green or with light banding and developing a prominent forehead.


Associated with coral reefs, usually on the seaward side from 2m to 30m depth. They are generally solitary as adults. Distribution Western Pacific Ocean including Red Sea, and Indian Ocean, as far north as Southern Japan.

Picture: Tiran and Ras Mohammed, Red Sea, Egypt by Sami Salmenkivi

Blue green chromis [chromis viridis]

The Green Chromis or the Blue Green Chromis or the Bluegreen Puller, Chromis viridis, is a species of damselfish. Individuals tend to be iridescent apple-green and light blue, and reach a length of about 3 in (8 cm).

The species is found in the Indo-Pacific. They live in large aggregations above Acropora corals in sheltered areas such as lagoons and reef flats and feed on phytoplankton. Juveniles live closely tied to individual coral heads. C. viridis spawn over sand and rubble. The male prepares the nest which is shared with several females. The large number of eggs will hatch in 2-3 days. The male guards the nest, ventilating it with its fins and feeding on those eggs that do not hatch.  (text source: Wikipedia)

Picture: Naama Bay, Red Sea, Egypt by Sami Salmenkivi