Diving from the Star Dancer Photo Gallery


The Star Dancer liveaboard dive boat (which, sadly, is no longer in operation) departed from Walindi Plantation, mostly diving Kimbe Bay. We sailed along the Willaumez Peninsula out of Kimbe Bay west to Garove Island, a sunken crater with very steep walls, in the Witu Islands for a few days.

Reef scenes:

 

Nudibranchs:

Pipek's phyllidiopsis, Phyllidiopsis pipeki

Varicose phyllidia, Phyllidia varicosa

Serena's notodoris, Notodoris serenae

Co's nudibranch, Goniobranchus coi

Flame coryphellina, Coryphellina exoplata

Spanish dancer, Hexabranchus sanguineus

Papuan plakobranchus, Plakobranchus papua

Forsskai's pleurobranch, Pleurobranchus forskalii

Yellow-horned phyllidia, Phyllidia sp.

Chromodoris willani

Rudman's phyllidiella, Phyllidiella rudmani

Pustulose phyllidiella, Phyllidiella pustulosa

Bivalves:

Scaly thorny oyster, Spondylus squamosus

Cock's comb oyster, Lopha cristagalli

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Fluted giant clam, Tridacna squamosa

Common wing oyster, Pteria penguin

Snails:

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Toothed conch, Strombus dentatus

Top shell, Trochus histrio

Tiger cowrie, Cypraea tigris

Triton's trumpet (giant triton), Charonia tritonis, eating a blue sea sea star, Linckia laevigata

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Textile cone, Conus textile

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Conus marmoreus

Scorpion conch, Lambis truncata truncata

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Terebra affinis

Giant tun, Tonna cf. olearium

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Worms:

Spirobranchus sp.

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Sabellastarte sp.

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Flatworms:

Phrikoceros sp.

Pseudoceros indicus

Octopus:

Day octopus, Octopus cyanea

Tunichates:

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Purple and yellow (gold-mouthed) sea squirt, Polycarpa aurata

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Didemnum molle

Jellyfish:

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Echinoderms:

sea cucumbers:

Candycane sea cucumber, Thelenota rubralineata

Lampert's sea cucumber, Synaptula lamperti

Lion's paw sea cucumber, Euapta godeffroyi

Urchins:

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Crinoids:

Sea stars:

Crown-of-thorns starfish, Acanthaster planci

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Multipore sea star, Linckia multiflora

Basket stars:

Giant basket star, Astroboa nuda

Brittle stars:

Four-spine brittle star, Ophiactis quadrispina

Six-arm brittle star, Ophiothela danae

Crustaceans:

Crabs:

Ornamental spider crab, Schizophrys aspera

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Porcelain crab, Enosteoides sp.

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Shrimps and lobsters:

Ancylomenes sp.

Banded coral shrimp, Stenopus hispidus

Painted spiny lobster (postlarval juvenile), Panulirus versicolor

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Snapping shrimp, Alpherus sp.

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Skeleton shrimps (actually amphipods, not crustaceans):

Caprellids, one of many possible species, Caprella sp.

Hermit crabs:

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White-spotted hermit crab, Dardanus megistos

Hairy hermit crab, Pagurus hirtimanus

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Turtles:

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Fish:

Anemonefish:

Orange-finned anemonefish, Amphiprion chrysopterus

Clark's anemonefish, Amphiprion clarkii

Spinecheek anemonefish, Premnas biaculeatus

Pink anemonefish, Amphiprion perideraion

White-bonnet anemonefish, Amphiprion leucokranos

Clown anemonefish, Amphiprion percula

Angelfish:

Blue-girdled angelfish, Pomacanthus navarchus

Regal angelfish, Pygoplites diacanthus

Anthias:

Purple anthias, Pseudanthias tuka

Scalefin anthias, Pseudanthias squamipinnis

Randall's anthias, Pseudanthias randalli

Pseudanthias sp.

Barracudas:

Blackfin barracuda, Sphyraena qenie

Blennies:

Striped blenny, Ecsenius procculis

Clown blenny, Ecsenius axelrodi

Fine-spotted blenny, Salarias guttatus

White-spotted blenny, Salarias alboguttatus

Elongate oyster blenny, Omobranchus elongatus

Butterflyfish:

Chaetodon sp.

Pennant bannerfish, Heniochus chrysostomus

Pacific doible-saddle butterflyfish, Chaetodon ulietensis

Humphead bannerfish, Heniochus varius

Longnose butterflyfish, Forcipiger flavissimus

Pyramid butterflyfish, Hemitaurichthys polylepis

Cardinalfish:

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Striped cardinalfish, Apogon angustatus

Threadfin cardinalfish, Apogon leptacanthus

Coral breams:

Humpnose bigeye bream (juveniles), Monotaxis grandoculis

Damselfish:

Bicolor chromis, Chromis margaritifer

Darkfin chromis, Chromis atripes

Golden damsel, Amblyglyphidodon aureus

Blackbar chromis, Chromis tetrofasciata

Three-spot dascyllus (juvenile), Dascyllus trimaculatus

Gray demoiselle, Chrysiptera glauca

Twinspot chromis, Chromis elerae

Dartfish:

Fire dartfish, Nemateleotris magnifica

Eels:

Giant moray, Gymnothorax javanicus

Spotted garden eel, Heteroconger hassi

Emperors:

Yellowfin emperor, Lethrinus erythracanthus

Goatfish:

Red goatfish, Mulloidichthys pflugeri

Gobies:

Redspotted pygmygoby, Eviota albolineata

Common ghostgoby, Pleurosicya mossambica

Orange-dashed goby, Valenciennea puellaris

Storthynx goby, Eviota storthynx

Spotted shrimpgoby, Amblyeleotris guttata

Eyebrow shrimpgoby, Amblyeleotris sp.

Groupers:

Tomato grouper, Cephalopholis sonnerati

Coral grouper, Cephalopholis miniata

Leopard grouper, Cephalopholis leopardus

Slender grouper, Anyperodon leucogrammicus

Hawkfish:

Freckled hawkfish (two variants), Paracirrhites fosteri

Dwarf hawkfish, Cirrhitichthys falco

Pixy hawkfish, Cirrhitichthys oxycephalus

Jacks:

Black jack, Caranx lugubris

Lionfish:

Spotfin lionfish, Pterois antennata

Common lionfish, Pterois volitans

Lizardfish:

Reef lizardfish, Synodus variegatus

Moorish idol:

Zanclus comutus

Parrotfish:

Redlip parrotfish, Scarus rubroviolaceus

Pipefish:

Messmate pipefish, Corythoichthys intestinalis

Puffers:

Blue-spotted puffer, Arothron caeruleopunctatus

Black-spotted puffer, Arothron nigropunctatus

Sandperches:

Speckled sandperch, Parapercis hexophthalma

Nosestripe sandperch (adult left, juvenile right), Parapercis lineopunctata

Scorpionfish:

Tasseled scorpionfish, Scorpaenopsis oxycephala

Spiny devilfish, Inimicus didactylus

Sharks:

Grey reef shark, Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos

Snappers:

Black snapper (juvenile), Macolor niger

Soldierfish:

Shadowfin soldierfish, Myripristis adusta

Whitetip soldierfish, Myripristis vittata

Spadefish:

Longfin spadefish, Platax teira

Surgeonfish:

Eyestripe surgeonfish, Acanthurus dussumieri

Sweetlips:

Many-spotted sweetlips (juvenile), Plectorhinchus chaetodonoides

Somber sweetlips, Plectorhinchus unicolor

Triggerfish:

Scythe triggerfish, Sufflamen bursa

Redtooth triggerifsh, Odonus niger

Flagtail triggerifsh, Sufflamen chrysopterus

Wrasses:

Oriental wrasse, Oxycheilinus rhodochrous

Diana's hogfish, Bodianus diana

Yellowtail coris (juvenile left), Coris gaimard

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