2015-12 Solomon Islands Dives 2178-2210

  • Christmas Tree Worms
    Christmas Tree Worms
    Spirobranchus species - a dense colony in the typical Porites coral.
    Kicha Island, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, December 4, 2015
    2186#7555
    Larry Jackson
  • Peacock Flounder
    Peacock Flounder
    Bothus mancus
    Kicha Island, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, December 4, 2015
    2186#7558
    Larry Jackson
  • Hemprich's Sea Anemone
    Hemprich's Sea Anemone
    Heterodactyla hemprichii - this one has purple grape cluster tentacles at the edge.
    Kicha Island, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, December 4, 2015
    2186#7559
    Larry Jackson
  • Acropora monticulosa
    Acropora monticulosa
    Prefers shallow, high water movement reefs.
    Kicha Island, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, December 4, 2015
    2186#7560
    Larry Jackson
  • Acropora gemmifera
    Acropora gemmifera
    Another shallow water, high water movement type.
    Kicha Island, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, December 4, 2015
    2186#7562
    Larry Jackson
  • Acropora florida
    Acropora florida
    Large coral in the shallow areas.
    Kicha Island, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, December 4, 2015
    2186#7563
    Larry Jackson
  • Blue Coral
    Blue Coral
    Heliopora coerulea - has a blue skeleton only seen when broken.
    Caves, Mbulo Island, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, December 4, 2015
    2187#7565
    Larry Jackson
  • Two-spinned Angelfish
    Two-spinned Angelfish
    Centropyge bispinosus - an unusual coloration seen here.
    Caves, Mbulo Island, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, December 4, 2015
    2187#7568
    Larry Jackson
  • Midnight Angelfish
    Midnight Angelfish
    Centropyge nox - besides being skittish these fish are almost impossible to get the camera to focus on for a photo.
    Caves, Mbulo Island, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, December 4, 2015
    2187#7575
    Larry Jackson
  • Acropora desalwii
    Acropora desalwii
    A worrisome colony that may have expelled zooxanthellae.  Hopefully not an early sign of big bleaching episode.
    Caves, Mbulo Island, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, December 4, 2015
    2187#7577
    Larry Jackson
  • Acropora cerealis & Porites lichen
    Acropora cerealis & Porites lichen
    Caves, Mbulo Island, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, December 4, 2015
    2187#7580
    Larry Jackson
  • Fluted Giant Clam
    Fluted Giant Clam
    Tridacna squamosa - with a fairly common color pattern.
    Caves, Mbulo Island, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, December 4, 2015
    2187#7581
    Larry Jackson
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