Yellowfin Demoiselle (Chrysiptera flavipinnis) can normally be found below 20m in Lembeh's coral rubble.  #TheGoodTheBadandTheUgly #Diving #Lembeh #Underwaterphotography Photo by William Tan

Yellowfin Demoiselle (Chrysiptera flavipinnis) can normally be found below in Lembeh's coral rubble. Photo by William Tan

Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus) are doctors in the ocean, this one was cleaning parasites off a little Maori Wrasse (Oxycheilinus bimaculatus)  #TheGoodTheBadandTheUgly #Diving #Lembeh #Underwaterphotography Photo by William Tan

Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus) are doctors in the ocean, this one was cleaning parasites off a little Maori Wrasse (Oxycheilinus bimaculatus) Photo by William Tan

Star following? While walking, the Warty frogfish moves its second dorsal spine forward and it looks like it is leading the frogfish where to go!  Warty frogfish (Antennarius maculatus) - Photo by Jhoe Wongkar.  #StarofLembeh #Diving #Lembeh #Underwaterphotography

The Lembeh Strait is famous for its huge diversity of critters but there are some critters that are considered to be the “Stars of Lembeh” and frequently.

Known as the most venomous fish in the world! Their face however may look more like that of a grumpy old man than a spooky critter, however these cryptic animals are incredibly hard to find but they deliver one hell of a sting if stepped on! Using their excellent camouflage for hunting, they engulf unsuspecting prey whole if they venture too close to this spooky critter.  Reef Stonefish (Synanceia verrucosa) - Photo by Luke Gordon  #Lembeh #Diving #Underwaterphotography #SpookiestCritters

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We are playing "hide and seek" - have you seen my friend anywhere? Maybe I should send a message in a bottle... Ornate pygmy goby Photo by Wayne MacWilliams  #Lembeh #Diving #Macro #Indonesia

We are playing "hide and seek" - have you seen my friend anywhere? Maybe I should send a message in a bottle. Ornate pygmy goby Photo by Wayne MacWilliams

There is no need to explain why these amazing yet small fish are stars. With colors like these they are ready for the red carpet!  Mandarinfish (Synchiropus splendidus) - Photo by Iwan Muhani #StarofLembeh #Lembeh #Diving #Underwaterphotography

There is no need to explain why these amazing yet small fish are stars. With colors like these they are ready for the red carpet! Mandarinfish (Synchiropus splendidus) - Photo by Iwan Muhani

This magnificent species of scorpionfish also known as Rhinopias can display different color variations and appendages according to its habitat and environment – making it a star of camouflage!  Weedy Scorpionfish ( Rhinopias frondosa ) - Photo by Vadly "Opo S." Makasighe #StarofLembeh #Lembeh #Diving #Underwaterphotography

Welcome to our “Stars of Lembeh”. Whether it’s due to the way they move, hunt, display colors or behave, these critters all have some spectacular star.

There is no need to explain why this fabulous and prehistoric looking nocturnal critter is a star – it’s all in the name!  Reticulate Stargazer ( Uranoscopus bicinctus) - Photo by Fandy Sangi #StarofLembeh #Lembeh #Diving #Underwaterphotography

There is no need to explain why this fabulous and prehistoric looking nocturnal critter is a star – it’s all in the name! Reticulate Stargazer ( Uranoscopus bicinctus) - Photo by Fandy Sangi

With popping colors and intricate markings this juvenile Frogfish is truly a star of Lembeh and a rare and sought after find.  Juvenile Painted frogfish Variation (Antennarius pictus) - Photo by Iwan Muhani #StarofLembeh #Lembeh #Diving #Underwaterphotography

With popping colors and intricate markings this juvenile Frogfish is truly a star of Lembeh and a rare and sought after find. Juvenile Painted frogfish Variation (Antennarius pictus) - Photo by Iwan Muhani

A star that’s not so keen on the limelight. The Filamentous species of scorpionfish are difficult to find but can be identified by their large heads and concave snout profiles.  Filamentous scorpionfish (Hipposcorpana filamentosus) - Photo by Fekia “Opo K.” Luas.  #StarofLembeh #Diving #Lembeh #Underwaterphotography

A star that’s not so keen on the limelight. The Filamentous species of scorpionfish are difficult to find but can be identified by their large heads and concave snout profiles. Filamentous scorpionfish (Hipposcorpana filamentosus) - Photo by Fekia “Opo K.” Luas. #StarofLembeh #Diving #Lembeh #Underwaterphotography

The spiny devilfish is the cousin of the stonefish and this is one spooky family!! They lay buried in the sand using camouflage for stealth ambush attacks. This fish also goes by the name of Indian Ocean Walkman because it very rarely swims, instead it ‘walks’ on spiny looking pectoral “legs”.  Spiny Devilfish (Inimicus didactylus) - Photo by Luke Gordon  #Lembeh #Diving #Underwaterphotography #SpookiestCritters

Lembeh’s myriad of critters are not only weird and spooky to look at – some of their behavioral patterns are certainly strange and spooky too!

The clearfin Lizardfish camouflages itself against reef and rubble backgrounds or buries itself into the sand to wait for unsuspecting prey to come too close. Swallowing prey whole and possessing large teeth makes them fearsome predators!  Clearfin Lizardfish (Synodus dermatogenys) - Photo by Luke Gordon  #Lembeh #Diving #Underwaterphotography #SpookiestCritters

A clearfin Lizardfish devouring a Juvenile Acanthuridae fish, Indonesia, was captured by British photographer Luke Gordon

Orange Convict Goby (Priolepis vexilla), definitely a good guy with his charming blue facial stripes.  #TheGoodTheBadandTheUgly #Lembeh #Diving #Underwaterphotography  Photo by William Tan

Orange Convict Goby (Priolepis vexilla), definitely a good guy with his charming blue facial stripes. Photo by William Tan

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