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The charming Exquisite Butterflyfish

The Exquisite Butterflyfish is one of my favorite fish. I have seen them many times in the Red Sea.

Usually two fish swim together.

This fish is also called blacktail butterflyfish (in latin Chaetodon austriacus). It is native to the western Indian Ocean but has reached the Mediterranean Sea as a migrant through the Suez Canal.

Here is one of the lovely closeup photos I managed to capture in Sahl Hasheesh, in the Red Sea.

The Exquisite Butterflyfish Are So Charming. Underwater photography from Sahl Hasheesh. The Red Sea underwater world is beautiful and exotic.

Big Eye Emperor fish

Big Eye Emperor (Monotaxis Grandoculis) can reach a length of 60 cm, which is about 23 inches.

Fully grown adults have a large rounded head, thick lips, silver grey body with dark scale margins, and fins with red margins. 

Some species can rapidly change their colour. There are eleven species of the Lethrinidae dynasty in the Red Sea.

I have seen and photographed this exciting fish only a few times in the Red Sea.

Big Eye Emperor Monotaxis Grandoculis

The Lovely Threadfin Butterflyfish

The Threadfin Butterflyfish is a reef-associated fish and its does not migrate. Its depth range is 1-35 meters / 3-115 feet. It can be found in several different types of habitats, including corals reefs, inshore waters and rubble covered bottoms with prolific plant and algae growth.

I have seen and photographed this fish many times in the Red Sea.

Threadfin Butterflyfish And Colorful Corals. Sahl Hasheesh is a wonderful place in Egypt and is on the coast of the Red Sea.

Yellowstripe Goatfish

The yellowstripe goatfish is a species of goatfish native to the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean.  The name of the fish in latin is Mulloidichthys flavolineatus.

The goatfish belong to the Mullidae family and rank among the common fish in the Red Sea.

Their peculiar barbels are though not so common. These barbels can be spotted beneath the chin on either side of the mouth. These barbells function as sensitive filaments to trace molluscs, crustaceans and worms. The goatfish are nocturnal, which means they swim around mostly at night.

Yellowstripe Goatfish. Mulloidichthys flavolineatus. Macro photography from the Red Sea. Wonderful to suddenly meet these small fish in the Red Sea!

THE RED SEA TOBY

Red Sea Toby, Canthigaster margaritata. Inhabits reef flats, lagoons and protected seaward reefs. Lives in solitary or in pairs. What a unique and fantastic small fish. Happy to see it and photograph it underwater in the Red Sea.

Canthigaster margaritata. The Red Sea Toby.

A small and cute fish, which is hard to find and capture with the
camera.  

The size: 12 cm / 4,7 inches.

The color: Dark brown to olive, except for a white belly, covered in blue spots, blue line markings between the eyes and on the back.

Most common in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, but also in the Indian Ocean and Indo-Pacific tot Japan.

Chlorurus Sordidus Bullethead Parrotfish

Chlorurus Sordidus Bullethead Parrotfish:

The initial phase has very variable coloration. The smaller fishes can be a dark brown to light gray and they may or may not possess a light band surrounding a dark spot on the caudal peduncle.

Larger fish can show a series of irregular rows of small, light spots towards the tail or they may have the light band surrounding the dark spot on the caudal peduncle. The terminal phase, male, is also variable and may have a large tan area on the flanks or on its caudal peduncle. It has a rounded snout.

Chlorurus sordidus is widespread throughout the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region, Red Sea included.