Photos / Sounds

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What

Bignose Unicornfish Naso vlamingii

Observer

sudachi

Date

May 6, 2015 12:56 PM JST

Place

Palau (Google, OSM)

Description

Naso vlamingii
サザナミトサカハギ

Ngerchong Outside, Palau
ゲロンアウトサイド、パラオ

Photos / Sounds

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What

Two-spot Snapper Lutjanus biguttatus

Observer

sudachi

Date

May 6, 2015 10:58 AM JST

Place

Koror, Palau (Google, OSM)

Description

Lutjanus biguttatus
ホソフエダイ

Ngerchong Inside, Palau
ゲロンインサイド、パラオ

Photos / Sounds

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What

Eight-banded Butterflyfish Chaetodon octofasciatus

Observer

sudachi

Date

May 7, 2015 10:18 AM JST

Place

Koror, Palau (Google, OSM)

Description

Chaetodon octofasciatus
ヤスジチョウチョウウオ

St. Cardinal, Palau

Photos / Sounds

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What

Blue Blanquillo Malacanthus latovittatus

Observer

sudachi

Date

May 8, 2015 03:25 PM JST

Place

Palau (Google, OSM)

Description

Malacanthus latovittatus
キツネアマダイ

Blue Corner, Palau
ブルーコーナー、パラオ

Photos / Sounds

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What

Flagtail Tilefish Malacanthus brevirostris

Observer

sudachi

Date

May 9, 2015 08:46 AM JST

Place

Palau (Google, OSM)

Description

Malacanthas brevirostris
ヤセアマダイ

German Channel, Palau
ジャーマンチャネル、パラオ

Photos / Sounds

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What

Humphead Wrasse Cheilinus undulatus

Observer

sudachi

Date

May 9, 2015 08:54 AM JST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Young (I think this still counts as a juvenile?) humphead wrasse (Napolean fish). The adult colors had not yet appeared, but it was already quite large an interesting to see an individual at this stage of growth. I would be interested to find out more, if anyone can provide an age estimation.

Cheilinus undulatus (juvenile)
メガネモチノウオ (幼魚)
(ナポレオンフィッシュ)

German Channel, Palau
ジャーマンチャネル、パラオ

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What

Variable Thorny Oyster Spondylus varians

Observer

sudachi

Date

May 6, 2015 02:59 PM JST

Place

Palau (Google, OSM)

Description

Spondylus varius
ミズイリショウジョウガイ

Short Drop-Off, Palau
ショートドロップオフ、パラオ

Photos / Sounds

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What

Slingjaw Wrasse Epibulus insidiator

Observer

sudachi

Date

May 6, 2015 11:10 AM JST

Place

Palau (Google, OSM)

Description

Epibulus insidiator
ギチベラ

Ngerchong Inside, Palau
ゲロンインサイド、パラオ

Photos / Sounds

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What

Leaf Scorpionfish Taenianotus triacanthus

Observer

sudachi

Date

May 6, 2015 11:06 AM JST

Place

Palau (Google, OSM)

Description

Taenianotus triacanthus
ハダカハオコゼ

Ngerchong Inside, Palau
ゲロンインサイド、パラオ

Photos / Sounds

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What

Genus Chaetodon

Observer

sudachi

Date

May 6, 2015 11:01 AM JST

Place

Palau (Google, OSM)

Description

Chaetodon trifasciatus
ミスジチョウチョウウオ

Ngerchong Inside, Palau
ゲロンインサイド、パラオ

Photos / Sounds

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What

Moon Wrasse Thalassoma lunare

Observer

sudachi

Date

May 7, 2015 10:56 AM JST

Place

Palau (Google, OSM)

Description

Thalassoma lunare
Moon wrasse
オトメベラ

This fish is known as the "maiden wrasse" in Japanese, which is quite fitting, however the name in Latin and English is slightly more catchy, a testament to just how eye catching they are when seen underwater. The color variations (changing as the fish matures) are quite amazing.

St. Cardinal, Palau
セイントカーディナル、パラオ

Photos / Sounds

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What

Pavona clavus

Observer

sudachi

Date

May 6, 2015 10:59 AM JST

Place

Ngerchong, Palau (Google, OSM)

Description

Pavona clavus
コモンシコロサンゴ

Ngerchong Inside, Palau
ゲロンインサイド、パラオ

Photos / Sounds

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What

Spotfin Squirrelfish Neoniphon sammara

Observer

sudachi

Date

May 6, 2015 10:56 AM JST

Place

Ngerchong, Palau (Google, OSM)

Description

Neoniphon sammara
ウケグチイットウダイ

Ngerchong Inside, Palau
ゲロンインサイド、パラオ

Photos / Sounds

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What

Lambis lambis

Observer

sudachi

Date

May 6, 2015 03:25 PM JST

Place

Koror, Palau (Google, OSM)

Description

Lambis lambis
クモガイ

Short Drop-off, Palau
ショートドロップオフ、パラオ

Photos / Sounds

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What

Dardanus guttatus

Observer

sudachi

Date

May 6, 2015 03:30 PM JST

Place

Koror, Palau (Google, OSM)

Description

Dardanus guttatus
アオボシヤドカリ

This hermit crab is quite shy and will hide in its shell for a long time if disturbed, making it hard to identify. Luckily I was able to take a shot of its blue-knee pads, the identifying characteristic of this particular species.

Short Drop-off, Palau
ショートドロップオフ、パラオ

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What

Arrowhead Soapfish Belonoperca chabanaudi

Observer

sudachi

Date

May 6, 2015 03:07 PM JST

Place

Koror, Palau (Google, OSM)

Description

ヤミスズキ
Belonoperca chabanaudi

Short Drop-off, Palau
ショートドロップオフ、パラオ

Photos / Sounds

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What

Painted Spiny Lobster Panulirus versicolor

Observer

sudachi

Date

May 6, 2015 10:42 AM JST

Place

Ngerchong, Palau (Google, OSM)

Description

Panulirus versicolor
ゴシキエビ

Ngerchong Inside, Palau
ゲロンインサイド、パラオ

Photos / Sounds

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What

Hawksbill Eretmochelys imbricata

Observer

sudachi

Date

May 8, 2015 03:28 PM JST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Eretmochelys imbricata
タイマイ

Blue Corner, Palau
ブルーコーナー、パラオ

Photos / Sounds

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What

Slender Grouper Anyperodon leucogrammicus

Observer

sudachi

Date

May 6, 2015 03:09 PM JST

Place

Koror, Palau (Google, OSM)

Description

Anyperodon leucogrammicus
アズキハタ

Short Drop-off, Palau
ショートドロップオフ、パラオ

Photos / Sounds

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What

Periclimenes platycheles

Observer

sudachi

Date

May 7, 2015 10:42 AM JST

Place

Koror, Palau (Google, OSM)

Description

Periclimenes platycheles
オシャレカクレエビ

Koror, Palau
コロール、パラオ

Photos / Sounds

17020295873 754ed01dae s

What

Arc-eye Hawkfish Paracirrhites arcatus

Observer

sudachi

Date

May 8, 2015 03:11 PM JST

Place

Blue Corner, Palau (Google, OSM)

Description

Paracirrhites arcatus
メガネゴンベ

Blue Corner, Palau
ブルーコーナー、パラオ

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Hippocampus kuda

Observer

seahorses_of_the_world

Date

September 10, 2001

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Ethan Daniels/Guylian Seahorses of the World 2005

Photos / Sounds

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What

Orange-lined Triggerfish Balistapus undulatus

Observer

sudachi

Date

May 8, 2015 01:22 PM JST

Place

Ngemelis, Palau (Google, OSM)

Description

Balistapus undulatus
クマドリ

Big Drop Off, Ngemelis, Palau
パラオ(ビッグドロップオフ)

Photos / Sounds

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What

Golden trevally Gnathanodon speciosus

Observer

sudachi

Date

May 8, 2015 02:58 PM JST

Place

Blue Corner, Palau (Google, OSM)

Description

Golden trevally
Gnathadon speciosus
コガネシマアジ

Golden trevally juveniles often "pilot" or follow larger fish, including sharks. This is thought to be an acquired survival strategy, which prevents predation. They will also follow divers, causing a funny but annoying yellowish fish to keep on popping up around your mask, but they are harmless interesting creatures.

Here three juveniles are following a whitetip reef shark (Triaenodon obesus).

Blue Corner, Palau
ブルーコーナー、パラオ

Photos / Sounds

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What

Whitetip reef shark Triaenodon obesus

Observer

sudachi

Date

May 8, 2015 02:58 PM JST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Whitetip reef shark
Triaenodon obesus
ネムリブカ

Golden trevally
Gnathadon speciosus
コガネシマアジ

Blue Corner, Palau
ブルーコーナー、パラオ

Photos / Sounds

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What

Fire Dartfish Nemateleotris magnifica

Observer

sudachi

Date

May 6, 2015 01:01 PM JST

Place

Ngerchong, Koror, Palau (Google, OSM)

Description

Nemateleotris magnifica
ハタタテハゼ
Fire goby

Ngerchong Outside, Koror, Palau
ゲロンアウトサイド、コロール、パラオ

Photos / Sounds

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What

Jorunna funebris

Observer

sudachi

Date

May 7, 2015 12:06 PM JST

Place

Koror, Palau (Google, OSM)

Description

Dotted nudibranch (also known by divers as the "oreo" nudibranch)
Jorunna funebris
ブチウミウシ

Outside Chandelier Cave, Koror, Palau
シャンデリアケーブ前、コロール、パラオ

Photos / Sounds

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What

Papuan Toby Canthigaster papua

Observer

sudachi

Date

May 6, 2015 03:03 PM JST

Place

Uchelbeluu Reef, Koror, Palau (Google, OSM)

Description

Canthigaster papua
Papuan toby
パプアントビー

Short Drop-off, Uchelbeluu Reef, Koror, Palau
ショートドロップオフ、コロール、パラオ

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Giant trevally Caranx ignobilis

Observer

sudachi

Date

January 13, 2014 12:15 PM JST

Place

Palau (Google, OSM)

Description

ロウニンアジ

Photos / Sounds

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What

Pineapple Sea Cucumber Thelenota ananas

Observer

sudachi

Date

January 13, 2014 12:11 PM JST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Thelenota ananas
バイカナマコ

Blue Corner, Palau

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Mandarinfish Synchiropus splendidus

Observer

sudachi

Date

January 14, 2014

Place

koror (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

False Cleanerfish Aspidontus taeniatus

Observer

maractwin

Date

February 22, 2014 02:13 PM EST

Place

Peleliu, Palau (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

Cheilinus undulatus

Observer

fmoretzsohn

Date

July 2, 1992

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

I observed the big Humphead Wrasse, Cheilinus undulatus, while diving in beautiful Palau, on a diving field trip after the 7th International Coral Reef Symposium, Guam, Jun 1992.

I did not take a photograph of it, although it is a well-known and easily recognizable species. I was lucky enough to have seen the species also in Okinawa a few times in the early 1990's.

This species is the largest in the family Labridae (wrasses), and can reach about 2 m (over 6 ft) in length. The one I observed in Palau was probably about 1.5 m, quite a big fish to see up-close. The ones I saw in Okinawa were smaller, but still large.

It is also known as Napoleon Wrasse, because of its prominent bump on top of the head that grows with age.

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What

Family Nephtheidae

Observer

fmoretzsohn

Date

August 5, 1992

Place

Palau (Google, OSM)

Description

Close-up of the beautiful carnation soft coral, probably in the family Nephtheidae, observed during a night dive in Palau, summer of 1992.

This photo was taken with a Nikonos V camera with 80 mm lens a close-up kit frame, so the photo shows about 80 mm of field of view (width).

The watermark on the photo was when I uploaded this photo to the now defunct LighBox website. I don't remember the exact date of the observation.

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What

Tubastrea coccinea Tubastraea coccinea

Observer

fmoretzsohn

Date

August 5, 1992

Place

Palau (Google, OSM)

Description

The beautiful and photogenic Orange Cup Coral, Tubastrea coccinea. It was observed during a dive in Palau in the summer of 1992.

It is native to the Indo-Pacific region but it has become an invasive species in the Atlantic, where it competes for space and food (plankton) with native corals.

The watermark on the photo refers to the date I posted the photo at the now defunct website LightBox, not the actual observation. I do not remember the exact date and place of the observation, sorry.

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What

Paratrechina longicornis

Observer

stephen_thorpe

Date

September 12, 2014

Place

Ngeruings, Palau (Google, OSM)

Description

Received from S. Boudjelas.

Identification: Paratrechina longicornis (Latreille, 1802) (worker)

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What

Fire Ants Genus Solenopsis

Observer

stephen_thorpe

Date

September 12, 2014

Place

Kayangel, Palau (Google, OSM)

Description

Received from S. Boudjelas.

Identification: Solenopsis sp. (major worker), probably Solenopsis geminata (Fabricius, 1804)

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What

Odontomachus simillimus

Observer

stephen_thorpe

Date

September 12, 2014

Place

Kayangel, Palau (Google, OSM)

Description

Received from S. Boudjelas.

Identification: Odontomachus simillimus Smith, 1858 (Worker)

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What

Theretra nessus

Observer

maractwin

Date

March 1, 2014 10:29 AM EST

Place

Airai, Palau (Google, OSM)

Description

The last of my Palau pictures.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Reef Manta Ray Manta alfredi

Observer

maractwin

Date

March 1, 2014 10:01 AM EST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

View from helicopter tour.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Blacktip Reef Shark Carcharhinus melanopterus

Observer

maractwin

Date

March 1, 2014 10:00 AM EST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

View from helicopter tour.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Order Lepidoptera

Observer

maractwin

Date

March 1, 2014 06:41 AM EST

Place

Koror, Palau (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Order Lepidoptera

Observer

maractwin

Date

March 1, 2014 06:41 AM EST

Place

Koror, Palau (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Order Lepidoptera

Observer

maractwin

Date

March 1, 2014 06:40 AM EST

Place

Koror, Palau (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Order Lepidoptera

Observer

maractwin

Date

March 1, 2014 06:39 AM EST

Place

Koror, Palau (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Order Lepidoptera

Observer

maractwin

Date

March 1, 2014 06:38 AM EST

Place

Koror, Palau (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

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What

Order Lepidoptera

Observer

maractwin

Date

March 1, 2014 06:36 AM EST

Place

Koror, Palau (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

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What

Chevron Butterflyfish Chaetodon trifascialis

Observer

maractwin

Date

February 28, 2014 05:57 PM EST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Juvenile

Photos / Sounds

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What

Blackbar Damsel Plectroglyphidodon dickii

Observer

maractwin

Date

February 28, 2014 05:54 PM EST

Place

Koror, Palau (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

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What

Sixbar Wrasse Thalassoma hardwicke

Observer

maractwin

Date

February 28, 2014 05:51 PM EST

Place

Koror, Palau (Google, OSM)