Saturday, July 10, 2010

Diving at Sulawesi

I went to Sulawesi with a few friends from 21 to 28 Jun 2010. Here are some quick highlights of the things we saw during the diving trips.

Pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti), also known as Bargibanti's seahorse.

Ghost pipefish (Solenostomus sp.)! Look like they were made from plastic :P

Harlequin ghost pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus).

Oriental flying gurnard (Dactyloptena orientalis).

Cockatoo waspfish (Ablabys taenianotus).

Inimicus didactylus, also known as Demon Stinger or Devil Stinger.

Super brightly coloured frogfish.

Yet another brightly coloured frogfish.



Sea whip goby.

Flounder (Pseudorhombus sp.).

Juvenile shaded batfish (Platax pinnatus).

Clouded moray (Echidna nebulosa).

Anemonefish (Amphiprion sp.).

Anemonefish (Amphiprion sp.) in Heteractis crispa.

Banggai cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni).

Pfeffer's Flamboyant Cuttlefish (Metasepia pfefferi).

There were lots of knobbly sea stars (Protoreaster nodosus) at one of the dive sites.

Granulated sea star (Choriaster granulatus).

Cushion star (Culcita novaeguineae).

Spiny cushion sea star (Culcita schmideliana).

Necklace sea star (Fromia monilis) with 6 arms.

Unknown sea star.

Gomphia gomphia.

Linckia laevigata.

Echinothrix sp.

Astropyga radiata.

Not quite sure what sea cucumber is this, though it looks a bit like a sandfish.

Ceratosoma trilobatum.

Risbecia tryoni.

Chromodoris annae.

Chromodoris dianae.

Helmet shell (Family Cassidae).

Juvenile painted rock lobster (Panulirus versicolor).

Commensal shrimp on a synaptid sea cucumber.

Arrowhead crabs (Huenia sp.).

Box crab (Calappa sp.).

Ghost crab?

Found this rather big crab which lived in burrows just outside our room.


ChrisM said...

sorry not have been paying attention! You have some neat and new stuff here.

the one you called Culcita schmideliana? Actually that looks like Halityle regularis which is not frequently encountered! It may be a new record-but I will need to check..

and the brightly colored pink starfish? Echinaster callosus.
Very unusual..

tHE tiDE cHAsER said...

Thanks for the info, Chris!

E N said...

Nice stuff here. I found it interesting and helpful.