Cosmoledo is 650 miles south of Mahe and 70 miles east of Assomption. It is a limestone atoll atop basalt, consisting of twelve islands and a roughly circular lagoon. Cosmoledo is home to many sea birds, especially boobies, and many sea turtles.

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Oriental sweetlips, Plectorhinchus vittatus

oriental sweetlips

Guineafowl pufferfish, Arothron meleagris (yellow morph)

dog-faced puffer

White-spotted puffer, Arothron hispidus

white-spotted puffer

Honeycomb moray, Gymnothorax favagineus

honeycomb moray eeel

Latticetail moray, Gymnothorax buroensis

undulated moray eel

Redtooth triggerfish, Odonus niger

redtooth triggerfish

Common lionfish, Pterois volitans

common lionfish

Goatfish, Parupeneus sp.

goatfish (night colors)

Clownfish, Amphiprion sp.

sand anemone with juvenile three-spot dascyllus

Indian sailfin tang, Zebrasoma desjardinii

Indian sailfin tang Indian sailfin tang

Pixy hawkfish, Cirrhitichthys oxycephalus (red morph)

pixy hawkfish in soft coral

Checkerboard wrasse, Halichoeres hortulanus

checkerboard wrasse

Blue-striped fangblenny, Plagioytremus rhinorhynchos

bluestriped fangblenny

Tomato grouper, Cephalopholis sonnerati

tomato grouper

Forster's hawkfish, Paracirrhintes forsteri

freckled hawkfish

Blue-striped snapper, Lutjanus kasmira

bluestripe snappers

Striped large-eye bream, Gnathodentex aureolineatus

striped large-eye breams

Giant squirrelfish, Sargocentron spiniferum

sabre squirrelfish

neon fusilier

Spiny-head cardinalfish, Apogon urostigma

unknown cardinal fish

crinoids on sea fan crinoid

Spanish dancer, Hexabranchus sanguineus, and its egg veil

Spanish dancer egg veil of Spanish dancer

White-banded cleaner shrimp, Lysmata amboinensis

cleaning shrimp

Banded boxer shrimp, Stenopus hispidus

banded coral shrimp

Anemone carrier, Dardanus tinctor

anemone hermit crab

Spiny spider crab, Achaeus spinosus

soft coral crab

Pencil urchin

pencil urchin

Graeff's sea cucumber, Bohaelschia graeffi

sea cucumber

Christmas tree worm, Spirobranchus giganteus

spiral gill worm

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