Alphonse is 250 miles southwest of Mahe in the Amirantes Group (twenty-four islands). It is a sandy, low-lying coral atoll covering about half a square mile, covered with palm trees and surrounding a circular lagoon. The island was named by the Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama at the end of the 15th century. There are many shipwrecks on its reefs.
Blotched hawkfish, Cirrhitichthys aprinus
Forster's hawkfish, Paracirrhites forsteri
Spotted hawkfish, Cirrhitichthys oxycephalus
Lunar fusilier, Caesio lunaris
Coral grouper, Cephalopholis miniata
Northern Indian anemonefish, Amphiprion sebae
Blacktip grouper, Epinphelus fasciatus
Scythe triggerfish, Sufflamen cf bursa
Four-saddle grouper, Epinephelus spilotoceps
One-spot snapper, Lutjanus monostigma
Indian doublebar goatfish, Parupeneus trifasciatus
Giant moray, Gymnothorax javanicus
Flathead scorpionfish, Scorpaenopsis oxycephalus
Long-nose unicornfish, Naso brevirostris
Common cleaner wrasse, Labroides dimidiatus, on grouper, Epinphelus sp.
Combtooth blenny, Essenius dentex
Longfin batfish, Platax teira
African lionfish, Pterois mombasae
Striped large-eye bream, Gnathodentex aureolineatus
Blue-striped snappers, Lutjanus kasmira
Banded boxer shrimp, Stenopus hispidus
Tiger cowries, Cypraea tigris
Damselfish, Neoglyphidodon sp.
Damselfish, Plectroglyphidodon sp.
Striped butterflyfish, Chaetodon fasciatus
Meyer's butterflyfish, Chaetodon meyersi
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