Vertebrate Archives

Caesar Grunt
Stuart Wynne 21st June 2020 1 Comment

The Caesar Grunt (Haemulon carbonarium) is very similar in appearance to some other grunt species, namely Tomtates (Haemulon aurolineatum) and Latin Grunts (Haemulon steindachneri). It can however be distinguished quite easily if you pay …

Read More
Spotted Scorpionfish
Stuart Wynne 15th April 2020 No Comments

The Scorpionfish are a group of highly camouflaged poisonous fish that spend most of their time tucked away in a little rocky recess, laying motionless and just watching the world go by. Identification can at times be tricky as their …

Read More
Bridled Goby
Stuart Wynne 18th September 2019 No Comments

As I find myself often discussing, it is amazing the detail and beauty found in the underwater world if one looks closely enough. The Bridled Goby (Coryphopterus glaucofraenum) is another example of this. For most underwater visitors, this …

Read More
Flying Gurnard
Stuart Wynne 8th August 2019 No Comments

It is always quite a surprise when encountering a Flying Gurnard (Dactylopterus volitans) when snorkelling on a sand flat or seagrass bed (their preferred habitat). They are often fairly hard to spot, usually pale and seemingly motionless as …

Read More
Tarpon
Stuart Wynne 24th May 2019 No Comments

Aside from a Reef Shark and maybe a Goliath Grouper, Tarpon are probably the biggest fish you are likely to see on a Caribbean Reef while diving. Saying that, I am reminded of visiting Fort Lauderdale a number of years …

Read More
Spinyhead Blenny
Stuart Wynne 21st March 2019 No Comments

The Spinyhead Blenny (Acanthemblemaria spinosa) is so tiny and cryptic that most underwater visitors probably don’t see it spying on them as they swim past. They spend most of their time hiding in small worm holes bored into …

Read More
Queen Angelfish
Stuart Wynne 24th December 2018 No Comments

One of the most colourful Caribbean coral reef fish species, and always a pleasure to see when diving, the Queen Angelfish (Holacanthus ciliaris) is unfortunately not as common as it once was in Anguilla, being a relatively easy target …

Read More
Hawksbill Turtle
Stuart Wynne 9th October 2018 No Comments

The Hawksbill Turtle. as with all sea turtle species, is a truely amazing creature: It hatches from an egg deposited by its mother sixty days earlier on a beach someplace; instintively knows to head down to the water and swim …

Read More
Whitespotted Filefish
Stuart Wynne 15th November 2017 No Comments

It can be quite a misleading common name, as the Whitespotted Filefish does not always display its white spots, and could more accurately be called the ‘Orange Filefish’. This could get confusing though with the Orangespotted Filefish though (which itself …

Read More