2015-12 Solomon Islands Dives 2178-2210

  • Eight-banded Butterflyfish
    Eight-banded Butterflyfish
    Chaetodon octofasciatus
    Koukok Bay, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2178#7308
    Larry Jackson
  • Springer's Demoiselle
    Springer's Demoiselle
    Chrysiptera springeri
    Koukok Bay, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2178#7309
    Larry Jackson
  • Tunicates
    Tunicates
    Eusyntyela latericius
    Koukok Bay, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2178#7310
    Larry Jackson
  • Spotted Shrimpgoby & Snapping Shrimp
    Spotted Shrimpgoby & Snapping Shrimp
    Amblyeleotris guttata & Alpheus ochrostriata
    Koukok Bay, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2178#7314
    Larry Jackson
  • Signal Goby pair
    Signal Goby pair
    Signigobius biocellatus - at their burrow.
    Koukok Bay, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2178#7317
    Larry Jackson
  • Crocodile Flathead
    Crocodile Flathead
    Cymbacephalus beauforti - were seen in pairs several times.
    Koukok Bay, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2178#7323
    Larry Jackson
  • Regal Angelfish
    Regal Angelfish
    Pygoplites diacanthus - the most commonly seen large angelfish.
    Koukok Bay, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2178#7326
    Larry Jackson
  • Rolland's Demoiselle
    Rolland's Demoiselle
    Chrysiptera rollandi
    Koukok Bay, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2178#7330
    Larry Jackson
  • Sponge
    Sponge
    Auletta sp. - brightly colored, readily identifiable.
    Koukok Bay, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2178#7332
    Larry Jackson
  • Striped Blenny
    Striped Blenny
    Ecsenius prooculis
    Koukok Bay, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2178#7339
    Larry Jackson
  • Plate Coral
    Plate Coral
    Turbinaria peltata - can develop into very large colonies.
    Koukok Bay, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2178#7341
    Larry Jackson
  • Eastern Triangular Butterflyfish
    Eastern Triangular Butterflyfish
    Chaetodon baronessa
    Koukok Bay, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2178#7342
    Larry Jackson
  • Whitetip Soldierfish
    Whitetip Soldierfish
    Myripristis vittata
    Leru Cut, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2179#7344
    Larry Jackson
  • Forest
    Forest
    I surfaced at the end of the 'cut' to have a look at the forest above.
    Leru Cut, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2179#7349
    Larry Jackson
  • Calcareous Sponge
    Calcareous Sponge
    Clathrina sp 2 - small, delicate looking.
    Leru Cut, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2179#7353
    Larry Jackson
  • Bullock's Hypselodoris, mating
    Bullock's Hypselodoris, mating
    Hypselodoris bullocki
    Leru Cut, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2179#7358
    Larry Jackson
  • Banana Nudibranch & egg mass
    Banana Nudibranch & egg mass
    Aegires minor - starting to lay an egg ribbon.
    Leru Cut, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2179#7360
    Larry Jackson
  • Blue & Yellow Fusiliers
    Blue & Yellow Fusiliers
    Caesio teres - swimming off the reef wall.
    Leru Cut, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2179#7364
    Larry Jackson
  • White-bonnet Anemonefish
    White-bonnet Anemonefish
    Amphiprion leucokranos - in a Leathery Sea Anemone.
    Leru Cut, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2179#7373
    Larry Jackson
  • Eclipse Butterflyfish
    Eclipse Butterflyfish
    Chaetodon bennetti
    Leru Cut, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2179#7379
    Larry Jackson
  • Whitecheek Surgeonfish
    Whitecheek Surgeonfish
    Acanthurus nigricans
    Leru Cut, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2179#7385
    Larry Jackson
  • White-bonnet Anemonefish
    White-bonnet Anemonefish
    Amphiprion leucokranos - in Merten's Carpet Anemone.
    Leru Cut, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2179#7388
    Larry Jackson
  • White-bonnet Anemonefish
    White-bonnet Anemonefish
    Amphiprion leucokranos - it is uncommon to see two in the same anemone.
    Leru Cut, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2179#7391
    Larry Jackson
  • Coral Residing Hermit Crabs
    Coral Residing Hermit Crabs
    Paguritta corallicola - appear to gather passing food with their feathery antennae.
    Mirror Pond, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2180#7401
    Larry Jackson
  • Dwarf Hawkfish
    Dwarf Hawkfish
    Cirrhitichthys falco
    Mirror Pond, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2180#7407
    Larry Jackson
  • Feminie Wrasse
    Feminie Wrasse
    Anampses femininus - juvenile phase.
    Mirror Pond, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2180#7411
    Larry Jackson
  • Spinecheek Anemonefish
    Spinecheek Anemonefish
    Premnas biaculeatus - large female.
    Mirror Pond, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2180#7414
    Larry Jackson
  • Bicolor Angelfish
    Bicolor Angelfish
    Centropyge bicolor
    Mirror Pond, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2180#7422
    Larry Jackson
  • Pachyclavularia violacea
    Pachyclavularia violacea
    A nice looking soft coral polyp that grows in mats.
    Custom Cave, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2181#7427
    Larry Jackson
  • Sea Fan
    Sea Fan
    Acanthogorgia specie - a lot of tiny Sea Stars feeding near the edges.
    Custom Cave, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2181#7430
    Larry Jackson
  • Pictus Blenny
    Pictus Blenny
    Ecsenius pictus
    Custom Cave, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2181#7432
    Larry Jackson
  • Spanish Dancer egg mass
    Spanish Dancer egg mass
    Hexabranchus sanguineus - egg ribbon of the large nudibranch.
    Custom Cave, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2181#7434
    Larry Jackson
  • Organ Pipe Coral
    Organ Pipe Coral
    Tubipora musica - a soft coral that builds red tubes that give it the name.
    Custom Cave, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2181#7436
    Larry Jackson
  • Ornate Ghost Pipefish, male
    Ornate Ghost Pipefish, male
    Solenostomus paradoxus - nearly disappears in the feather star.
    Custom Cave, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2181#7440
    Larry Jackson
  • Fire Dartfish
    Fire Dartfish
    Nemateleotris magnifica
    Custom Cave, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2181#7445
    Larry Jackson
  • Loch's Chromodoris
    Loch's Chromodoris
    Chromodoris lochi - the most commmonly seen nudibranch on this trip.
    Custom Cave, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, December 2, 2015
    2181#7446
    Larry Jackson
  • Acropora donei
    Acropora donei
    One of the large shelving Acropora corals.
    Barracuda Point, Mborokua Island, Solomon Islands, December 3, 2015
    2182#7448
    Larry Jackson
  • Mimic Surgeonfish
    Mimic Surgeonfish
    Acanthurus pyroferus - at a cleaning station.
    Barracuda Point, Mborokua Island, Solomon Islands, December 3, 2015
    2182#7449
    Larry Jackson
  • Neptune's Cap
    Neptune's Cap
    Halomitra pileus
    Barracuda Point, Mborokua Island, Solomon Islands, December 3, 2015
    2182#7450
    Larry Jackson
  • Arc-eye Hawkfish
    Arc-eye Hawkfish
    Paracirrhites arcatus
    Barracuda Point, Mborokua Island, Solomon Islands, December 3, 2015
    2182#7452
    Larry Jackson
  • Pinktail Triggerfish
    Pinktail Triggerfish
    Melichthys vidua
    Barracuda Point, Mborokua Island, Solomon Islands, December 3, 2015
    2182#7453
    Larry Jackson
  • Dark Red-spined Brittle Stars
    Dark Red-spined Brittle Stars
    Ophiothrix purpurea - in coral.
    Barracuda Point, Mborokua Island, Solomon Islands, December 3, 2015
    2182#7455
    Larry Jackson
  • Gilded Triggerfish, female
    Gilded Triggerfish, female
    Xanthichthys auromarginatus
    Barracuda Point, Mborokua Island, Solomon Islands, December 3, 2015
    2182#7458
    Larry Jackson
  • Gilded Triggerfish, female
    Gilded Triggerfish, female
    Xanthichthys auromarginatus - being cleaned.
    Barracuda Point, Mborokua Island, Solomon Islands, December 3, 2015
    2182#7459
    Larry Jackson
  • Maxima Giant Clam
    Maxima Giant Clam
    Tridacna maxima
    Barracuda Point, Mborokua Island, Solomon Islands, December 3, 2015
    2182#7462
    Larry Jackson
  • Blackspot Cleaner Wrasse
    Blackspot Cleaner Wrasse
    Labroides pectoralis
    Jackfish Point, Mborokua Island, Solomon Islands, December 3, 2015
    2183#7464
    Larry Jackson
  • Orange-finned Anemonefish
    Orange-finned Anemonefish
    Amphiprion chrysopterus - female defending her territory.
    Jackfish Point, Mborokua Island, Solomon Islands, December 3, 2015
    2183#7465
    Larry Jackson
  • Bignose Unicornfish
    Bignose Unicornfish
    Naso vlamingii
    Jackfish Point, Mborokua Island, Solomon Islands, December 3, 2015
    2183#7468
    Larry Jackson
  • Bignose Unicornfish
    Bignose Unicornfish
    Naso vlamingii
    Jackfish Point, Mborokua Island, Solomon Islands, December 3, 2015
    2183#7471
    Larry Jackson
  • Bicolor Parrotfish
    Bicolor Parrotfish
    Cetoscarus bicolor - courtship behavior.
    Jackfish Point, Mborokua Island, Solomon Islands, December 3, 2015
    2183#7476
    Larry Jackson