Philippines Photo Gallery: Puerto Galera: muck diving

We took an underwater photography trip to the Philippines in December 2016. The "muck" (mud, sand, sediment, dead coral rubble) is the habitat of unusual and juvenile organisms, a different ecology than the reef.


crab in tube anemone

Zebra crab, Zebrida adamsii, on fire urchin, Asthenosoma varium

zebra crab zebra crab on urchin


Sea moth (little dragonfish), Eurypegasus draconis

sea moths

Yellow shrimp goby, Cryptocentrus cinctus


Slantbar shrimp goby, Amblyeleotris diagonalis

shrimp goby with shrimp

Blackspotted sole, Aseraggodes melanostictus


Bridled anemonefish, Amphiprion frenatus

clownfish in anemone

Fringed dragonet, Dactyloptus dactyloptus


convict blenny, Pholidichthys leucotaenia

ocean catfish

Colombo damsel, Pomacentrus proteus


yellowtail sandperch, Parapercis sp.


Parapercis sp.


Parapercis sp.


Parapercis sp.


common ghostgoby, Pleurosicya mossambica


freckled goatfish, Upeneus tragula


striped triplefin, Helcogramma stratum


juvenile blue blanquillo, Malacanthus latovittatus

Mantis shrimps:

mantis shrimp mantis shrimp

Gonodactylus chiragra

mantis shrimp out


NOTE: We love nudibranchs, but we are not experts on these animals. If you find we have misidentified something or can identify one we coukd not, please email us and we will correct it.

Flabellina sp.


Serpent ptaraeolidia, Ptaraeolidia ianthina; different coloration caused by the amount of zooxanthellae in the animal's digestive ducts

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Phyllidia coelestis


Chelidonura pallida


Painted thecacera, Thecacera picta


Chromodoris elizabethina


Funeral jorunna, Jorunna funebris


Chromodoris reticulata


Loch's chromodoris, Chromodoris lochi


Glossodoris cincta


Other animals:

mushroom coral, Fungia (Cycloseris) somervillei


Sea pen, Virgularia sp.

sea pen

tunichates eggs

Stumpy-spined cuttlefish, Sepia bandensis


Thorny seahorse, Hippocampus hystrix

seahorse seahorse seahorse seahorse


commensal shrimp

Orange cleaner shrimp, Lysmatella prima

red-lined shrimp

Popcorn shrimp (Ambonian shrimp), Thor amboinensis

popcorn shrimp

White-headed shrimp, Periclimenes kororensis

white-headed shrimp

Black coral shrimp, Pontonides unciger

sea whip shrimp

Commensal shrimp, Vir philippinensis, on anchor coral, Euphyllia ancora


Feather-duster worm, Sabellastarte indica

fan worm

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