Porae - Nemadactylus douglasii (Hector, 1875)
       
     
Crested blenny - Parablennius laticlavius (Griffin, 1926)
       
     
Spectacled triplefin - Ruanoho whero (Clarke, 1879)
       
     
Short-tail stingray - Dasyatis brevicaudata (Hutton, 1875)
       
     
Blue maomao - Scorpis violacea (Hutton, 1873)
       
     
Grey moray - Gymnothorax nubilus (Richardson, 1848)
       
     
Two-spot demoiselle, Chromis dispilus Griffin, 1923
       
     
Mado - Atypichthys latus McCulloch & Waite, 1916
       
     
Red pigfish - Bodianus unimaculatus (Günther, 1862)
       
     
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Blue cod - Parapercis colias Forster, 1801
       
     
Oblique-swimming triplefin - Forsterygion maryannae Hardy, 1987
       
     
Scorpion fish -  Scorpaena cardinalis  Solander & Richardson, 1842
       
     
Crested blenny - Parablennius laticlavius (Griffin, 1926)
       
     
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Porae - Nemadactylus douglasii (Hector, 1875)
       
     
Porae - Nemadactylus douglasii (Hector, 1875)

Poor Knights Islands, New Zealand, April 2013 - 1/125 sec at f/9.5 - Canon 40D - Tokina 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5.

This friendly specimen cam really close to my fisheye lens, turning away right at the last moment when a shot was triggered.

Porae are common near reefs and feed on small invertebrates. They are commercially trawled in deep water.

Crested blenny - Parablennius laticlavius (Griffin, 1926)
       
     
Crested blenny - Parablennius laticlavius (Griffin, 1926)

Poor Knights Islands, New Zealand - April 2012 - 1/180 sec at f/13 - Canon EOS 40D - EF100mm f/2.8 Macro.

After a long silent dialog with this crested blenny, I finally got the chance of having it paying full attention to me and looking at with both eyes (they can move them independently).

Adults crested blenny inhabit coastal reefs, on vertical rock faces populated with cracks and holes. They feed by browsing on small crustaceans like copepods, mollusk eggs and hydroids.

 

Spectacled triplefin - Ruanoho whero (Clarke, 1879)
       
     
Spectacled triplefin - Ruanoho whero (Clarke, 1879)

Poor Knights Islands, April 2013 - 1/180 sec at f/13 - Canon 40D - EF100mm f/2.8 Macro

Triplefins are some of the commonest coastal species in New Zealand, with xx recognized species to date. Spectacle triplefins are slightly less ubiquitous than other triplefins. Here a specimen lies on coralline algae, perfectly blurring its color pattern into its habitat.

Short-tail stingray - Dasyatis brevicaudata (Hutton, 1875)
       
     
Short-tail stingray - Dasyatis brevicaudata (Hutton, 1875)

Poor Knights Islands, April 2013 - 1/60 sec at f/8.0 - Canon 40D - Tokina 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5.

Stingrays are known to aggregate in large numbers around the Poor Knights Islands, offering spectacular sights in the numerous arches of these islands. This specimen came close to me while I was actually getting interested by the nudibranch you can see right under it.

Two species of stingray are common in New Zealand waters. The other species, Dasyatis thetidis, is characterized by a longer tail and slightly different body shape.

Blue maomao - Scorpis violacea (Hutton, 1873)
       
     
Blue maomao - Scorpis violacea (Hutton, 1873)

Poor Knights Islands, April 2012 - 1/90 at f/8.0 - Canon 40D - Tokina 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5.

Emblematic to the Poor Knights Islands, blue maomao can form large schools that are a dream for underwater photographers. This site is well named 'Blue maomao arch'.

I had to wait about 60 minutes diving in this cave to have the school nicely lining up for this great shot.

Grey moray - Gymnothorax nubilus (Richardson, 1848)
       
     
Grey moray - Gymnothorax nubilus (Richardson, 1848)

Poor Knights Islands, April 2013 - 1/180sec at f/11 - Canon 40D - EF100mm f/2.8 Macro.

I found this shy grey moray in kelp seaweed while searching for other, more cryptic, fish species. It never let me see more than its face.

Grey moray are easily identified by the dark, horizontal band passing through their eyes.

Two-spot demoiselle, Chromis dispilus Griffin, 1923
       
     
Two-spot demoiselle, Chromis dispilus Griffin, 1923

Poor Knights Islands, May 2013 - 1/180sec at f/6.7 - Canon 40D - EF100mm f/2.8 Macro.

Mado - Atypichthys latus McCulloch & Waite, 1916
       
     
Mado - Atypichthys latus McCulloch & Waite, 1916

Poor Knights Islands, April 2013 - 1/60sec at f/8.0 - Canon 40D - Tokina 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5.

Red pigfish - Bodianus unimaculatus (Günther, 1862)
       
     
Red pigfish - Bodianus unimaculatus (Günther, 1862)

Poor Knights Islands, April 2013 - 1/180sec at f/6.7 - Canon 40D - EF100mm f/2.8 Macro.

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Blue cod - Parapercis colias Forster, 1801
       
     
Blue cod - Parapercis colias Forster, 1801

Taputeranga Marine Reserve, Wellington, Oct 2009 - 1/180sec at f/9.5 - Canon 40D - EF100mm f/2.8 Macro.

Oblique-swimming triplefin - Forsterygion maryannae Hardy, 1987
       
     
Oblique-swimming triplefin - Forsterygion maryannae Hardy, 1987

Poor Knights Islands, April 2012 - 1/250sec at f/11 - Canon 40D - EF100mm f/2.8 Macro.

Scorpion fish -  Scorpaena cardinalis  Solander & Richardson, 1842
       
     
Scorpion fish - Scorpaena cardinalis Solander & Richardson, 1842

Poor Knights Islands, April 2010 - 1/180sec at f/11 - Canon 40D - EF60mm f/2.8 Macro.

Crested blenny - Parablennius laticlavius (Griffin, 1926)
       
     
Crested blenny - Parablennius laticlavius (Griffin, 1926)

Poor Knights Islands, New Zealand - April 2012 - 1/180 sec at f/6.7 - Canon EOS 40D - EF100mm f/2.8 Macro.

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