What is a Coral?

What is a Coral?

The beauties of the sea.  Reef Builders Scientifically known as Anthozoa, corals are one of the most beautiful structures in the ocean. Polyps, or coral organisms, can be smaller than an inch and grow up to twelve inches and usually live from 2 years to hundreds of...
The Foxface Fish

The Foxface Fish

The venomous Foxface Rabbitfish. Neither Fox Nor Rabbit The Foxface Rabbitfish, or Siganus vulpinus, is a reef species of fish with a very distinctive look beyond their flat, yellow bodies. Large, dark eyes, a mouth that looks similar to that of a rabbit’s, and a...
The Starfish

The Starfish

The star of the sea.  In the Name Scientifically known as Asteroidea, starfish or sea stars, were given their name by a French zoologist in 1830. Meaning star in Greek, the word “aster” was combined with the Greek word “eidos,” meaning form or appearance. With rays,...
The Silver Lookdown Fish

The Silver Lookdown Fish

The very thin fish. Not Just Silver The silver lookdown fish, or selene vomer, has many distinguishing characteristics. Though its primary color is silver, the lookdown fish has scales that shimmer blue in the bright waters in which they live. Known for being...
The Nemo Fish

The Nemo Fish

The Clownfish. Is it a true nemo ?  The most recognizable of all reef-dwelling fish is the clownfish with its striking orange colors and three distinct, black outlined white bars along their head, side, and tail. Otherwise known as clown anemonefish, these marine fish...
The Cichlid Fish

The Cichlid Fish

The diverse cichlid fish.  Wild Diversification The cichlid fish, of the Cichlidae family, is one of the most diverse fishes in the world. There have been more than 1,300 species of cichlid that have been scientifically described. However, it’s estimated that, because...