Slideshow | Water world

From the venomous lionfish to the sea horse of Tri... more

The red-spotted coral crab lives in corals, feeding on their tissue and mucus, and defending them from predators. Photo: Nandakumar M and Rithesh Nanda
1/7The red-spotted coral crab lives in corals, feeding on their tissue and mucus, and defending them from predators. Photo: Nandakumar M and Rithesh Nanda
The venomous lionfish, an Indo-Pacific staple, is popular as food and is also prized in the aquarium trade. Photo: Nandakumar M and Rithesh Nanda
2/7The venomous lionfish, an Indo-Pacific staple, is popular as food and is also prized in the aquarium trade. Photo: Nandakumar M and Rithesh Nanda
A common sea horse in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. A small, equine-like fish with extraordinary breeding methods—the male sea horse carries the eggs in a brood pouch on its lower abdomen. Photo: Nandakumar M and Rithesh Nanda
3/7A common sea horse in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. A small, equine-like fish with extraordinary breeding methods—the male sea horse carries the eggs in a brood pouch on its lower abdomen. Photo: Nandakumar M and Rithesh Nanda
The endangered green sea turtle, found in tropical seas, is known to swim more than 2,500km to reach its breeding grounds. Photo: Dhritiman Mukherjee
4/7The endangered green sea turtle, found in tropical seas, is known to swim more than 2,500km to reach its breeding grounds. Photo: Dhritiman Mukherjee
Asiatic glassfish, so called for their transparent bodies, are found in coral reefs and are sought after for aquariums the world over. Photo: Dhritiman Mukherjee
5/7Asiatic glassfish, so called for their transparent bodies, are found in coral reefs and are sought after for aquariums the world over. Photo: Dhritiman Mukherjee
The longfin bannerfish, also known as coachman, is found in shoals around reefs in tropical seas. It is a popular specimen for the aquarium industry. Photo: Dhritiman Mukherjee
6/7The longfin bannerfish, also known as coachman, is found in shoals around reefs in tropical seas. It is a popular specimen for the aquarium industry. Photo: Dhritiman Mukherjee
Of about 1,600 starfish species (according to Encyclopaedia Britannica), the greatest variety is in the tropical Indo-Pacific oceans. Photo: Dhritiman Mukherjee
7/7Of about 1,600 starfish species (according to Encyclopaedia Britannica), the greatest variety is in the tropical Indo-Pacific oceans. Photo: Dhritiman Mukherjee
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