Scarlet-breasted Maori wrasse
Underwater Photography



PLEASE NOTE: The location of the dive sites is in most cases estimated and only approximate.

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Maria La Gorda (area), Cuba

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Species found in El Patio de Vanesa (max. depth 15 m):

Class: Actinopterygii
French grunt (Haemulon flavolineatum)
French grunt
Haemulon flavolineatum
Class: Actinopterygii
Broadstripe goby (Elacatinus prochilos)
Broadstripe goby
Elacatinus prochilos
Class: Actinopterygii
Bluestriped grunt (Haemulon sciurus)
Bluestriped grunt
Haemulon sciurus
Class: Actinopterygii
Fairy basslet (Gramma loreto)
Fairy basslet
Gramma loreto
Class: Actinopterygii
Cleaning goby (Elacatinus genie)
Cleaning goby
Elacatinus genie
Class: Actinopterygii
Goliath grouper (Epinephelus itajara)
Goliath grouper
Epinephelus itajara
Class: Actinopterygii
Yellowtail damselfish (Microspathodon chrysurus)
Yellowtail damselfish
Microspathodon chrysurus
Class: Actinopterygii
Brown chromis (Chromis multilineata)
Brown chromis
Chromis multilineata
Class: Actinopterygii
Smooth trunkfish (Lactophrys triqueter)
Smooth trunkfish
Lactophrys triqueter
Class: Actinopterygii
Sharknose goby (Elacatinus evelynae)
Sharknose goby
Elacatinus evelynae
Class: Actinopterygii
Queen triggerfish (Balistes vetula)
Queen triggerfish
Balistes vetula
Class: Actinopterygii
White grunt (Haemulon plumierii)
White grunt
Haemulon plumierii
Class: Actinopterygii
Queen angelfish (Holacanthus ciliaris)
Queen angelfish
Holacanthus ciliaris
Class: Actinopterygii
French angelfish (Pomacanthus paru)
French angelfish
Pomacanthus paru
Class: Actinopterygii
Threespot damselfish (Stegastes planifrons)
Threespot damselfish
Stegastes planifrons
Class: Actinopterygii
Schoolmaster (Lutjanus apodus)
Lutjanus apodus
Class: Actinopterygii
Bermuda chub (Kyphosus sectatrix)
Bermuda chub
Kyphosus sectatrix
Class: Actinopterygii
Common lionfish (Pterois volitans)
Common lionfish
Pterois volitans
Class: Actinopterygii
Smooth trunkfish (Rhinesomus triqueter)
Smooth trunkfish
Rhinesomus triqueter
Class: Actinopterygii
Peacock flounder (Bothus lunatus)
Peacock flounder
Bothus lunatus
Class: Actinopterygii
Whitfin sharksucker (Echeneis neucratoides)
Whitfin sharksucker
Echeneis neucratoides
Class: Actinopterygii
Longfin damselfish (Stegastes diencaeus)
Longfin damselfish
Stegastes diencaeus
Class: Actinopterygii
Sharpnose puffer (Canthigaster rostrata)
Sharpnose puffer
Canthigaster rostrata
Class: Anthozoa
Common sea fan (Gorgonia ventalina)
Common sea fan
Gorgonia ventalina
Class: Anthozoa
Elliptical star coral (Dichocoenia stokesi)
Elliptical star coral
Dichocoenia stokesi
Class: Anthozoa
Whitestar sheet coral (Agaricia lamarcki)
Whitestar sheet coral
Agaricia lamarcki
Class: Anthozoa
Knobby sea rod (Eunicea)
Knobby sea rod
Class: Anthozoa
Smooth flower coral (Eusmilia fastigiata)
Smooth flower coral
Eusmilia fastigiata
Class: Ascidiacea
Overgrowing mat tunicate (Trididemnum solidum)
Overgrowing mat tunicate
Trididemnum solidum
Class: Demospongiae
Azure vase sponge (Callyspongia plicifera)
Azure vase sponge
Callyspongia plicifera
Class: Gastropoda
Lettuce sea slug (Elysia crispata)
Lettuce sea slug
Elysia crispata
Class: Gastropoda
Flamingo tongue (Cyphoma gibbosum)
Flamingo tongue
Cyphoma gibbosum
Class: Holothuroidea
Tiger tail sea cucumber (Holothuria thomasi)
Tiger tail sea cucumber
Holothuria thomasi
Class: Malacostraca
Pederson cleaner shrimp (Periclimenes pedersoni)
Pederson cleaner shrimp
Periclimenes pedersoni
Class: Malacostraca
Channel clinging crab (Mithrax spinosissimus)
Channel clinging crab
Mithrax spinosissimus
Class: Polychaeta
Brown fanworm (Notaulax nudicollis)
Brown fanworm
Notaulax nudicollis
Class: Polychaeta
Christmas tree worm (Spirobranchus giganteus)
Christmas tree worm
Spirobranchus giganteus