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Fish Watch - Marine Life in Maldives

The exquisitely coloured waters of Maldives showcase not only an exotic collection of corals, but also over 700 species of fishes and other marine life. Different species, some rare and some common can be seen here.

Honeycomb Moray (Gymnothorax favagineus)
Honeycomb Moray is
a fish with a long, tapering tail, a shortened head, a blunt snout with powerful teeth and a row of tangs. Dark blotches, surrounded by a yellow network, formed in the shape of a honeycomb give this species its name – ‘Honeycomb Moray'. The blotches vary in size between individuals depending upon their habitat.
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The Honeycomb Moray has no scales in its body; instead its body is covered with mucus. A flap of skin around the tail connects the dorsal and anal fins forming a continuous, spineless fin. This fin extends from the head region to the tail, and from the tail to the vent (the vent is located towards the front of the body).

The Honeycomb Moray is usually found in dark holes and deep coral caves and rocky reefs. It usually can be seen as deep as 45 meters. A moray can be as long as 2 meters.
Powder-blue Surgeonfish (Acanthurus leucosternon)  

The Powder-blue Surgeonfish inhabits the clear water reefs and is found at a depth of about 20 meters. Easily recognizable due to its coloured body, it is a species commonly found in the Maldives .

With a black coloured face and a blue coloured body, it never swims alone and is always found in large and dense schools. It can grow up to a length of 20 cm.

Saddled Pufferfish (Canthigaster valentini)  

The Canthigaster Valentini or the Saddled Putterfish as it is more commonly known is one of the easily identifiable putterfish. Its unique colour pattern makes it stand out even among the colourful coral reefs, and gives a warning to its predators.

The adult saddled Putterfish usually swim in pairs, while the juveniles swim alone and in shy reefs. This species can grow up to a length of 10 cm.



Squaretail Coral Grouper (Plectropomus areolatus)

Commonly found in the Maldives , the Squaretail Coral Grouper can be identified by its truncated tail and dark edged blue coloured circular spots. Its tail is mar ked by a narrow, white posterior margin. Large and deep lagoons with rich coral growth are usually inhabited by these fishes in huge numbers and can be found at a depth of about 30 meters and sometimes deeper. A fully grown Squaretail Coral grouper can measure up to 75 cms long.
White-lined Lionfish (Pterois radiata)
The dark general colour with thin white lines makes it easier to identify the White-lined Lionfish. Found in areas with no or little hard coral growth, the White-lined Lionfish prefers a habitat of dead coral areas having algae or other non-stinging type of growth. It is usually found at a depth of around 25 meters, in caves along the steep slopes. A fully grown White-lined Lionfish can measure up to 20 cms.
Clown Triggerfish (Balistoides conspicillum)

Clown Triggerfish is a vividly coloured fish . Its upper portion of the body is dark with small yellow spots bedecking it. Large, white spots cover the lower part of the body. With a yellowish orange coloured lip and a yellow band under its eyes, the Clown Triggerfish is easily recognizable.

Its body is oval in shape and looks compressed. Protruding incisors and pointed snout are the other main features of this fish species. Growing up to a length of about 50 cms, the adult Clown Triggerfish can be seen swimming openly along steep slopes or walls. On being approached, it usually retreats into caves. The Juveniles are found in small caves usually deeper than 30 m.
Whale Shark (Rhincodon Typus)
The world's largest fish, the Whale Shark has a flat head, small eyes and a large mouth, which is distinguished with numerous small teeth. Usually found near the surface, the Whale Shark has a dark and light blue coloured back with white spots decorating it. Its belly is white. Growing up to 18 meters long, it feeds on a diet of small fishes, cephalopods and crustaceans.
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