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Underwater Photographer

Reef Fishes of the Red Sea, Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman

(Updated August 2013)

Mary and I lived in Oman from August 2001 until March 2006, after spending some 13 years in Jeddah on the Saudi Arabian Red Sea coast. We are now both retired and living in Malta.  We have been photographing and studying reef fishes since 1989 and have built a library of photographs of about 700 species present around the Arabian peninsula, which includes the Red Sea, Gulf of Oman and Southern Oman (Arabian Sea).  The photos concentrate on facilitating identification. In the Summer of 2013 we published our first ebook 'Reef Fishes of Oman', at a price of Pounds sterling 6.95 The book is an updated and expanded version of REEF FISHES UAE and GULF of OMAN, which is now out of print. This essential guide to identification of fishes ranging from Khasab in the Arabian Gulf to Salalah in southern Oman contains over 500 photos of just under 400 species. Since this eBook is self-published, you can download the PDF book to your laptop, ipad or Android at a special price of Pounds sterling 6.95 here. Reef Fishes of Oman

During our dives we sometimes come across some interesting 'non-fish' phenomena which Mary records in her pages. Click for Mary's page.

 

On this page we publish photos of species that show considerable colour differences according to age, sex or environment. Our diving colleagues frequently ask us to identify a 'new find' and so often they have been disappointed to know that it is just a variation of a common species. We do try to photograph all the variations that we see, including colour variations of the same species found around the Arabian peninsula.

We have many photos that we make available to scientific communities, including to FishBase, the encyclopaedia of fishes, which is part of the 'Species 2000' initiative to map the Earth's genome.

On a recent visit to southern Oman, north of Mirbat on the Arabian Sea coast, we found two species of 'cryptic' wrasses, one of which has not previously been reported from this side of the Arabian peninsula. Pteragogus flagellifer, the Cocktail wrasse (on the left) is widespread in the Indo-West Pacific region but Pteragogus pelycus, the Sideburn wrasse on the right, was previously only reported from Durban (South Africa) to the eastern Mediterranean. Cryptic wrasses are seldom seen by divers - they are well camouflaged and move slowly amongst weed or other areas of good cover. Pteragogus species (there are at least 10) are highly variable in colour and difficult to identify. The characteristics of these two species are the high first dorsal spines of the Cocktail wrasse and the long pelvic spines of the Sideburn.

                                                                    If you have any comments or suggestions please contact me at rfmfield@lycos.com

Some common species found in the Arabian Gulf :

                                                                Dottyback .................................................. Pseudochromis persicus (colour form 1)

                                                                Dottyback ...................................................Pseudochromis persicus (colour form 2)

                                                                Grouper ................................................... Epinephelus coioides

                                                                Cardinalfish ............................................. Apogon nigripinnis

                                                                Goatfish ................................................... Upeneus tragula

                                                                Bamboo shark ......................................... Chiloscyllium arabicum

                                                                Emperor......................................................Lethrinus lentjan

 

New records of Oman marine fishes

Oman freshwater fishes

Our photos on  FishBase

Red Sea Endemic Fishes

Red Sea problem fishes

Reef Balls at Fahl Island

Note the photos shown on these pages are low resolution scans in high compression JPEG format. The copyright rests with Richard and Mary Field. Should you wish to use any of the photos, please contact us by email  for permission. We receive many requests for educational and academic purposes and for these we are happy to give permission. We do not give permission for commercial use other than by arrangement.

 

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12th August 2000