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Marine fish

Blue-green chromis Chromis viridis

The blue-green chromis is found in the Red Sea and across the Indian Ocean. They are often seen in very large groups above branching corals in sheltered reef areas. For spawning, males prepare a nest, shared with several… Read more

Freshwater fish

Common carp (alien) Cyprinus carpio

Naturally occurring in Central Asia and parts of Europe, common carp are now found in many parts of the world.  Like most other alien species, they are hardy and can tolerate a wide range of conditions, thriving in dams and large… Read more


Green sea turtle Chelonia mydas

Green turtles are so named because the fat layer underneath the carapace (shell) is green! The external colour of these turtles ranges from a very dark brown to a light brown mottled colour. Green turtles and loggerhead turtles… Read more


Western leopard toad Amietophrynus pantherinus

The Western leopard toad uses camouflage to blend into its environment and hide from predators. The Western Cape is the only place in the world where you will find Western leopard toads. They live in natural vegetation, on… Read more

Marine invertebrates

Giant red hermit crab Dardanus megistos

Giant red hermit crabs are spectacular creatures, but rarely seen. Most hermit crabs live in rock pools and can often be seen scurrying up and down beaches. These animals have soft bodies, which are protected by the shells in… Read more


Cape canary Serinus canicollis

The Cape canary is found in the Western Cape, up the east coast of South Africa and as far north as Zimbabwe. It lives in large flocks on the edges of open, treed grassland, in gardens, parks and cultivated fields. The bird… Read more

Microscopic life


Life depends on plankton. Plankton is made up of microscopic plants (phytoplankton) and animals (zooplankton). Zooplankton feed on phytoplankton and drift with the currents. Plankton are very important in the marine food chain.… Read more