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  • 17 # Date: 2012-08-10 - 13:15
  • # Max Depth: 30m Duration: 45mins
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  • Water: Salt
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Tursiops truncatus (Montagu, 1821) (bottle-nosed dolphin) This active species engages in much energetic behaviour, including breaching , lobtailing and bow-riding . It has also been observed 'playing games' with seaweed and other objects . Dolphins are highly intelligent a...
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Variola louti (Forsskål, 1775) (lunartailed rockcod) Usually seen in clear-water areas at depths below 15 m, and prefers islands and offshore reefs rather than continental shores. Feeds mainly on fishes, and on crabs, shrimps and stomatopods. It is highly appreciated for t...
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Heniochus acuminatus (Linnaeus, 1758) (Pennant coralfish) Inhabit deep, protected lagoons and channels, and the deeper parts of outer reef slopes. Juveniles are often solitary while adults occur in pairs . A planktivorous species that generally remains within a few meters of th...
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Heniochus diphreutes Jordan, 1903 (False moorish idol) Occur primarily along outer reef slopes, in current channels. Juveniles in aggregations around isolated patch reefs, adults in large schools well above the bottom . In Indonesia, adults most common in depth 40-50 m, repo...
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Chaetodon larvatus Cuvier, 1831 (Hooded butterflyfish) Usually seen in pairs, frequently in association with plate-like heads of Acropora coral. Feed mainly on coral polyps. . Territorial . Oviparous . Form pairs during breeding .
Chaetodon lineolatus Cuvier, 1831 (Line butterflyfish) Occur in lagoon and seaward reefs, usually in pairs in coral rich areas . Benthopelagic . Feed mainly on coral polyps and anemones, but also on small invertebrates and algae . Largest species in the genus . Oviparous . Form pairs during breeding .
Chaetodon semilarvatus Cuvier, 1831 (Bluecheek butterflyfish) A common species found in areas where there is rich coral growth. Often seen in pairs or small aggregations. Occasionally observed hovering in a stationary position for extended periods under ledges of Acropora plate corals . Oviparous . Form pairs during breeding .
Chaetodon melannotus Bloch and Schneider, 1801 (Blackback butterflyfish) Usually solitary or in pairs in coral-rich areas of reef flats, lagoons, and seaward reefs to a depth of over 15 m. Juveniles inshore. In pairs or traveling in small groups . Feed on octocorallian and scleractinian cora...
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Chaetodon austriacus Rüppell, 1836 (Blacktail butterflyfish) Found in coral rich areas; juveniles confined to single coral heads . Territorial and usually in pairs. Mainly diurnal. Oviparous . Form pairs during breeding .
Chaetodon fasciatus Forsskål, 1775 (Diagonal butterflyfish) Commonly found on reef flats . Usually solitary or in pairs in areas with rich coral growth. Monogamous . Feed mainly on coral polyps . Oviparous . Form pairs during breeding .
Dascyllus aruanus (Linnaeus, 1758) (black-and-white damselfish) Territorial, inhabit shallow lagoon and subtidal reef flats. Form large aggregations above staghorn Acropora thickets or in smaller groups above isolated coral heads. Feed on zooplankton, benthic invertebrates, and algae...
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Chromis dimidiata (Klunzinger, 1871) (bicolor reeffish) Inhabits lagoon and seaward reefs. Abundant, in large aggregations over reef tops and upper edges of slopes . Usually seen solitary in reefs, staying close to the substrate in depths of about 10 m .
Abudefduf sexfasciatus (Lacepède, 1801) (Natal sergeant) Inhabits inshore and offshore coral or rocky reefs. Also in shallow coastal reef flats or crests, usually where lots of tall soft corals or hydroid colonies are present . Feeds on zooplankton and algae and aggregates high in the water column .
Pomacentrus sulfureus Klunzinger, 1871 (Sulfur damsel) Inhabits inshore coral reefs, in areas with rich-coral growth .
Pomacentrus albicaudatus Baschieri-Salvadori, 1955 (Whitefin damsel) Inhabits inshore and offshore coral reefs.
Amphiprion bicinctus Rüppell, 1830 (threebanded anemonefish) Inhabits lagoons and outer reefs. Oviparous, with elliptical eggs . Monogamous . Has been reared in captivity . Associated with the anemones: Entacmaea quadricolor, Heteractis aurora, Heteractis crispa, Heteractis magnifica, and Stichodactyla gigantea .
Galaxea fascicularis (Linnaeus, 1767) (Octopus coral) zooxanthellate

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