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Persian Gulf
2013-04-18 13:55:23

The Persian Gulf is located in the western part of Asia between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula. It’s an addition to the Indian Ocean. The Gulf was the focal point of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq War, which each side assaulted the other’s oil tankers. In the year 1991, the Persian Gulf again was the background for what was known as the “Persian Gulf War” or otherwise known as the “Gulf...

Chalice Corals
2012-04-03 19:33:28

Chalice Corals, are a family of stony corals in the Pectiniidae family. Members of this family are mostly colonial but at least one species, Echinomorpha nishihirai, is solitary. These corals are endemic to the Indian and Pacific oceans. Pectiniids have a number of different forms but are basically streamlined and smooth. Polyps are large and brightly colored and resemble those of members...

Discosoma
2012-04-03 15:24:52

Discosoma (or Actinodiscus) is a genus of soft mushroom coral native to the Indian Ocean. This genus is sometimes incorrectly referred to as mushroom anemone or disc anemone. This coral is commonly collected and used worldwide in marine aquariums, where it is known to grow easily. There are 5 known species of mushroom coral: Actinodiscus dawydoffi, Actinodiscus fungiformis, Discosoma...

Plate Coral
2012-04-03 14:30:21

Plate Coral, (Fungia paumotensis), is a species of stony coral that occurs in the Indian Ocean on upper reef slopes especially where there is considerable movement of the water from wave action. It is usually found on sand or beds of coral fragments. This solitary, non-colonial coral is free living and not attached to the seabed. It is elongated and oval in shape and can grow rather large....

Amsterdam Albatross Diomedea amsterdamensis
2012-01-11 16:31:30

Amsterdam Albatross or Amsterdam Island Albatross, (Diomedea amsterdamensis), is a species of albatross belonging to the Diomedeidae family. It was first described in 1983 and was originally believed to be a subspecies of the Wandering Albatross. BirdLife International now recognizes it as a separate species, but it is still considered a subspecies to some. The Amsterdam Albatross breeds...

Seychelles Sunbird
2008-08-15 21:54:54

The Seychelles Sunbird (Nectarinia dussumieri), is a small passerine from the family of sunbirds. It is named after the French explorer Jean-Jacques Dussumier. It is native to the Seychelles where it's called kolibri in Creole. This bird is variously placed in the Cinnyris genus. It occurs on most of the larger granitic islands of the Seychelles Bank. It belongs to the endemic land bird species...

Sea Goldie
2008-06-16 14:10:38

The Sea Goldie (Pseudanthias squamipinnis), also known as the Lyretail Anthias, Lyretail Coralfish, and Scalefin Anthias, is better known as the Goldfish. The Sea Goldie is found in the western Indian Ocean including the Red Sea, and in the Pacific Ocean as far east as Japan and southeast Australia. It is absent from the Persian Gulf and Oman. They live around coral outcrops in clear lagoons,...

Butterfly Perch
2008-06-16 14:04:49

The Butterfly Perch (Caesioperca lepidoptera), is a species of sea bass in the subfamily Anthiinae and of the family Serranidae. It is found in the eastern Indian Ocean, and south west Pacific Ocean including southern Australia, and New Zealand. The butterfly perch is a deep-bodied species with a slightly pointed snout. Both dorsal fins are long and low with no gap between them, and the tail...

Yellowtail Amberjack Great Amberjack
2007-12-18 14:28:03

The Yellowtail Amberjack or Great Amberjack (Seriola lalandi), is a large fish found in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. It is divided into three subspecies. The California Yellowtail, The Southern Yellowtail, and the Asian Yellowtail. The Southern Yellowtail is the largest weighing at most 114 pounds. The Asian Yellowtail is the smallest and weighs an average of 61 pounds.

Kitefin shark
2007-04-13 19:56:36

The Kitefin shark, Seal shark, or Black shark, Dalatias licha, is a dogfish, the only species in the genus Dalatias, found in the Atlantic, western Mediterranean, western Indian Ocean, and western Pacific including Japan, Australia, Hawaii, and New Zealand, at depths of 164.04 to 5905.51 ft (50 to 1,800 meters). Its length is from 3.28 to 5.91 ft (1 to 1.8 meters). The Kitefin shark has a...

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