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BONY FISH SPECIES
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The following bony fishes are found within the coral cap region of the sanctuary (0-130 ft, 0-40m deep). Common names are listed, if known.

Click on a link below to go directly to a specific group of fish, or scroll down the page to see them all. Click on any photo to see a larger image.

Angelfish
Barracuda
Bigeye
Blenny
Bonnetmouth
Boxfish
Butterflyfish
Cardinalfish
Chub
Cobia
Conger Eel
Cornetfish
Damselfish
Dolphin
Dragonet
Driftfishes
Drum
False Moray Eel
Filefish
Flyingfish
Frogfish

Goatfish
Goby
Grunt
Halfbeak
Hawkfish
Jack
Jawfish
Lefteyed Flounder
Lizardfishe
Mackerel
Moray Eel
Mullet
Needlefish
Ocean Sunfish
Parrotfish
Pipefish
Porgy
Puffer
Remora

Sea Bass (Grouper)
Scorpionfish
Snake Eel
Snapper
Soapfish
Spadefish
Spaghetti Eel
Spiny Puffer
Squirrelfish
Surgeonfish
Threadfin
Tilefish
Triggerfish
Trumpetfish
Tripletail
Wrasse

Angelfish List

Angelfishes
Common Name Scientific Name
cherubfish Centropyge argi

blue angelfish
blue angelfish

Blue Angelfish (Holacanthus bermudensis)

juvenile Blue Angelfish (Holacanthus bermudensis)
(juvenile)

Holacanthus bermudensis

queen angelfish
queen angelfish

Face front head shot of a Queen Angelfish (Holocanthus ciliaris)

Holacanthus ciliaris

townsend angelfish (hybrid of blue & queen angelfish)
Townsend's angelfish

Townsend's angelfish

Townsend Angelfish (Holacanthus townsendi)

Holacanthus townsendi
rock beauty
Rock beauty
Holacanthus tricolor

french angelfish
French angelfish
(adult)

French angelfish transitioning from juvenile to adult (Pomacanthus paru)
(transitioning to adult colors)

French Angelfish (Pomocanthus paru) transitioning from juvenile to adult coloration
(transitioning to adult colors)

Juvenile French angelfish
(juvenile)

Pomacanthus paru

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Barracuda List

Barracudas
Common Name Scientific Name

great barracuda
Great barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda)

great barracuda

Sphyraena barracuda

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Bigeye List

Bigeyes
Common Name Scientific Name
glasseye snapper
Glasseye snapper
Heteropriacanthus (Priacanthus) cruentatus
bigeye Priacanthus arenatus
short bigeye Pristigenys alta

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Blenny List

Blennies
Common Name Scientific Name
banner blenny Emblemaria atlantica
sailfin blenny Emblemaria pandionis
barred blenny
Barred Blenny (Hypleurochilus bermudensis)
Hypleurochilus bermudensis
orangespotted/tessellated blenny
tessellated blenny
Hypsoblennius invemar
redlip blenny
Redlip blenny (Ophioblennius atlanticus)
Ophioblennius atlanticus

seaweed blenny
seaweed blenny
(yellow variation)

Seaweed blenny, dark variation
(dark variation)

Parablennius marmoreus
molly miller Scartella cristata
dwarf blenny Starksia nanodes
checkered blenny Starksia ocellata

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Bonnetmouth List

Bonnetmouths
Common Name Scientific Name
bonnetmouth Emmelichthyops atlanticus
boga Inermia vittata

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Boxfish List

Boxfishes
Common Name Scientific Name
spotted trunkfish Lactophrys bicaudalis

honeycomb cowfish
honeycomb cowfish

Honeycomb cowfish (Acanthostracion polygonia)

Honeycomb Cowfish (Acanthostracion polygonia)

Acanthostracion (Lactophrys) polygonia
scrawled cowfish
scrawled cowfish
Acanthostracion (Lactophrys) quadricornis

smooth trunkfish

smooth trunkfish

Smooth Trunkfish (Lactophrys triqueter)

juvenile smooth trunkfish
(juvenile)

Lactophrys triqueter

golden smooth trunkfish
Golden smooth trunkfish (Lactophrys triqueter)

golden smooth trunkfish

Lactophrys triqueter

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Butterflyfish List

Butterflyfishes
Common Name Scientific Name
foureye butterflyfish Chaetodon capistratus
spotfin butterflyspotfin butterflyfish Chaetodon ocellatus

reef butterfly
reef butterflyfish

Reef Butterflyfish (Chaetodon sedentarius)

Chaetodon sedentarius
banded butterfly Chaetodon striatus

longsnout butterfly
Longsnout Butterflyfish (Prognathodes aculeatus)

Longsnout Butterflyfish (Prognathodes aculeatus)

Prognathodes (Chaetodon) aculeatus

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Cardinalfish List

Cardinalfishes
Common Name Scientific Name
bigtooth cardinalfish Apogon affinis
flamefish
flamefish
Apogon maculatus
mimic cardinalfish Apogon phenax
pale cardinalfish Apogon planifrons
two-spot cardinalfish
Two-spot Cardinalfish (Apogon pseudomaculatus)
Apogon pseudomaculatus
sawcheek cardinalfish Apogon quadrisquamatus
roughlip cardinalfish Apogon robins
belted cardinalfish Apogon townsendi
freckled cardinalfish Phaeoptyx conklini

dusky cardinalfish
Dusky Cardinalfish (Phaeoptyx pigmentaria)

Dusky Cardinalfish (Phaeoptyx pigmentaria)

Phaeoptyx pigmentaria

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Chub List

Chubs
Common Name Scientific Name

Bermuda/yellow chub
chub

school of chub

Kyphosus sectator (sectatrix)/incisor

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Cobia List

Cobia
Common Name Scientific Name
cobia Rachycentron canadum

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Conger Eel List

Conger Eels
Common Name Scientific Name
conger eel Conger oceanicus
threadtail conger Uroconger syringinus

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Cornetfish List

Cornetfishes
Common Name Scientific Name
red cornetfish Fistularia petimba

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Damselfish List

Damselfishes
Common Name Scientific Name

sergeant major
sergeant major

sergeant major juvenile (Abudefduf saxatilis)

Abudefduf saxatilis
blue chromis Chromis cyanea
yellowtail reeffish
Yellowtail Reeffish (Chromis enchrysura)
Chromis enchrysura

sunshinefish
Sunshinefish (Chromis insolata)
(juvenile)

Chromis insolata
brown chromis
brown chromis
Chromis multilineata

purple reef fish
Purple Reeffish (Chromis scotti)

Purple Reeffish (Chromis scotti)

Chromis scotti

yellowtail damselfish
Yellowtail Damselfish (Microspathodon chrysurus)

Yellowtail Damselfish (Microspathodon chrysurus)

Microspathodon chrysurus
longfin damselfish
Longfin Damselfish juvenile (Stegastes diencaeus)(juvenile)
Stegastes diencaeus

dusky damselfish
juvenile dusky damselfish
(juvenile)

Stegastes fuscus

bicolor damselfish
bicolor damselfish

Bicolor Damselfish (Stegastes partitus)

Stegastes (Pomacentrus) partitus
threespot damselfish
three spot damselfish
Stegastes (Pomacentrus) planifrons

cocoa damselfish
Cocoa Damselfish (Stegastes variabilis)

juvenile cocoa damselfish
(juvenile)

Stegastes (Pomacentrus) variabilis

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Dolphin List

Dolphins
Common Name Scientific Name
dolphin Coryphaena hippurus

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Dragonet List

Dragonets
Common Name Scientific Name
lancer dragonet Paradiplogrammus bairdi

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Driftfish List

Driftfishes
Common Name Scientific Name
Man of War fish
Man of War fish (Nomeius gronovii )
New sighting in 2013
(image from JT on M/V Fling)
Nomeius gronovii

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Drum List

Drums
Common Name Scientific Name
jackknife fish Equetus lanceolatus

spotted drum
Spotted Drum (Equetus punctatus)

Juvenile Spotted Drum (Equetus punctatus)
(transitioning juvenile)

juvenile spotted drum
(juvenile)

Equetus punctatus
highhat Pareques (Equetus) acuminatus
cubbyu
Cubbyu (Pareques (Equetus) umbrosus)
Pareques (Equetus) umbrosus

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False Moray Eel List

False Moray Eels
Common Name Scientific Name
collared eel Kaupichthys nuchalis

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Filefish List

Filefishes
Common Name Scientific Name
unicorn filefish Aluterus monoceros

scrawled filefish
Scrawled filefish (Aluterus scriptus)

Scrawled Filefish (Aluterus scriptus)

Aluterus scriptus

whitespotted filefish
Whitespotted Filefish (Cantherines macrocerus)
(spotted phase)

whitespotted filefish (Cantherines macrocerus)
(orange phase)

whitespotted filefish (Cantherines macrocerus)
(orange phase)

Cantherhines macrocerus
orangespotted filefish
Orangespotted filefish (Cantherhines pullus)
Cantherhines pullus
planehead filefish Stephanolepis hispida
pygmy filefish Stephanolepis (Monacanthus) setifer

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Flyingfish List

Flyingfishes
Common Name Scientific Name
margined flyingfish Cheilopogon (Cypselurus) cyanopterus
Atlantic flyingfish Cheilopogon (Cypselurus) melanurus
blackwing flyingfish Hirundichthys rondeleti
sailfin flyingfish Parexocoetus brachypterus

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Frogfish List

Frogfishes
Common Name Scientific Name
sargassumfish Histrio histrio
longlure frogfish Antennarius multiocellatus

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Continue to next page of fishes (Goatfish to Remora)

Continue to last page of fishes (Sea Bass to Wrasse)

Download a List of Bony Fish Species (440kb pdf) found in the coral cap region of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.


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Small, knobby corals in foreground; boulder of brain coral in background.  Long, fingery branches of purple sponge anchored in knobby corals and standing upright.
   
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