Biscayne National Park Fish

There are 512 species of fish in Biscayne Bay, ranging from several inches to over 10 feet. The fish fauna are predominately temperate and continental in the winter and tropical to subtropical in the summer. Some of the species may be euryhaline (able to withstand a wide range of salinities). (In the interest of space, when a large number of species occur in one genus, the notation "var. spp." for "various species" is used.) The following fish have been documented in Biscayne National Park. They are sorted alphabetically by common name. The list is not exhaustive.

American Eel, Anguilla rostrata Anchovy, Anchoa, var. spp. Angelfish, Hirundichthys, 5 spp. Angelfish, Pomacanthus, var. spp. Arrow Stargazer, Gillellus greyae Atlantic Croaker, Micropogonias undulatus Atlantic Guitarfish, Rhinobatos lentiginosus Atlantic Manta/Manta, Manta birostris Atlantic Midshipman, Porichthys plectrodon Atlantic Moonfish, Selene setapinnis Atlantic Needlefish, Strongylura marina Atlantic Pearlfish, Carapus bermudensis Atlantic Sailfish, Istiophorus platypterus Atlantic Sharpnose Shark, Rhizoprionodon terraenovae Atlantic Spadefish, Chaetodipterus faber Atlantic Stingray, Dasyatis sabina Atlantic Thread Herring, Opisthonema oglinum Atlantic Torpedo Ray, Torpedo nobiliana Balao, Hemiramphus balao Balloonfish, Diodon holocanthus Ballyhoo, Hemiramphus brasiliensis Banded Rudderfish, Seriola zonata Bandtooth Conger, Ariosoma impressa Bar Jack, Caranx ruber Bass, Liopropoma, 2 spp. Bass, Serranus, 4 spp. Batfish, Ogcocephalus, 3 spp. Bearded Goby, Barbulifer ceuthoecus Bigeye Scad, Selar crumenophthalmus Blackbar Soldierfish, Myripristis jacobus Blackedge Cusk-eel, Lepophidium brevibarbe Blackcheek Tonguefish, Symphurus plagiusa Black Margate, Anisotremus surinamensis Black-nose Shark, Carcharhinus acronotus Black-tip Shark, Carcharhinus limbatus Blenny, Coralliozetus, var. spp. Blenny, Hypleurochilus, 2 spp. Blenny, Labrisomus, 6 spp. Blenny, Malacoctenus, 3 spp. Blenny, Paraclinus, 5 spp. Blenny, Stathmonotus, 2 spp. Blue Chromis, Chromis cyanea Blue Croaker, Bairdiella batabana Bluefish, Pomatomus saltatrix Blue Goby, Loglossus calliurus Bluehead, Thalassoma bifasciatum Bluelip Parrotfish, Cryptotomus roseus Bluerunner, Caranx crysos Blue Tang, Acanthurus coeruleus Bluethroat Pikeblenny, Chaenopsis ocellata Bluntnose Flyingfish, Prognichthys gibbifrons Bluntnose Jack, Hemicaranx amblyrhynchus Bluntnose Stingray, Dasyatis say Bonefish, Albula vulpes Bonito, Sarda sarda Bonnetmouth, Emmelichthyops atlanticus Brown Chromis, Chromis multilineata Bulleye/Glasseye Snapper, Priacanthus cruentatus Bull Shark, Carcharhinus leucas Burrfish, Chilomycterus, var. spp. Burro Grunt, Pomadasys crocro Butterflyfish, Chaetodon, var. spp. Cardinalfish, Apogon, var. spp. Caribbean Reef Shark, Carcharhinus perezii Chain Moray, Echidna catenata Checkerd Blenny, Starksia ocellata Chub, Kyphosus, 2 spp. Cobia, Rachycentron canadum Common Snook, Centropomus undecimalis Conchfish, Astrapogon stellatus Coney Grouper, Cephalopholis fulva Conger Eel, Conger oceanicus Cownose Ray, Rhinoptera bonasus Creole Fish, Paranthias furcifer Creole Wrasse, Clepticus parrae Crevalle Jack, Caranx hippos Crested Goby, Lophogobius cyprinoides Cubbyu, Equetus umbrosus Cusk Eel, Ophidion, 2 spp. Damselfish, Pomacentrus, 5 spp. Deepreef Scorpionfish, Scorpaenodes tredecimspinosus Doctorfish, Acanthurus chirurgus Dolphin, Coryphaena hippurus Dwarf Herring, Jenkinsia lamprotaenia Dwarf Wrasse, Doratonotus megalepis Dusky Cusk Eel, Parophidion schmiditi Dusky Shark, Carcharhinus obscurus Eel, Myrichthys, 2 spp. Eel, Ophichthus, 2 spp. Emerald Parrotfish, Nicholsina usta Emerald Sleeper, Erotelis smaragdus Eyed Flounder, Bothus ocellatus False Albacore/Little Tunny, Euthynnus alletteratus False Moray, Kaupichthys hyoproroides Fat Sleeper, Dormitator maculatus Feather Blenny, Hypsoblennius hentz Filefish, Aluterus, var. spp. Filefish, Monacanthus, 4 spp. Finless Snake Eel/Surf Eel, Ichthyapus ophioneus Flamefish, Apogon maculatus Florida Blenny, Chasmodes saburrae Florida Pompano, Trachinotus carolinus Flounder, Syacium, 2 spp. Freckled Driftfish, Psenes cyanophrys Freckled Stargazer, Gnathagnus egregius Fringed Pipefish, Anarchopterus criniger Frogfish, Antennarius, var. spp. Flyingfish, Cypselurus, var. spp. Flying Gurnard, Dactylopterus volitans Fourwing Flyingfish, Hirundichthys affinis Gafftopsail Catfish, Bagre marinus Glassy Sweeper, Pempheris schomburgki Goby, Bascanichthys, var. spp. Goby, Coryphopterus, var. spp. Goby, Gobionellus, var. spp. Goby, Gobiosoma, var. spp. Goby, Lythrypnus, 2 spp. Goby, Microgobius, 3 spp. Goldspot Goby, Gnatholepis thompsoni Goldspotted Killifish, Floridichthys carpio Goliath Grouper, Epinephelus itajara Gray Angelfish, Pomacanthus arcuatus Gray Triggerfish, Balistes capriscus Graysby, Cephalopholis cruentata Greater Amberjack, Seriola dumerili Grouper, Mycteroperca, 4 spp. Grunt, Haemulon, var. spp. Gulf Flounder, Paralichthys albigutta Gulf Surgeonfish, Acanthurus randalli Hamlet, Hypoplectrus, 4 spp. Halfbeak/Silverstripe Halfbeak, Hyporhamphus unifasciatus Hammerhead Shark, Sphyrna, 4 spp. Hardhead Catfish, Arius felis Hardhead Halfbeak, Chriodorus atherinoides Hardhead Silverfish, Atherinomorus stipes Herring/Sardine, Harengula, 2 spp. High-hat, Equetus acuminatus Hogfish, Lachnolaimus maximus Horse-eye Jack, Caranx latus Irish Pompano, Diapterus auratus Jackknife Fish, Equetus lanceolatus Jawfish, Opistognathus, 4 spp. Keeltail Needlefish, Platybelone argalus Key Brotula, Ogilbia cayorum Key Worm Eel, Ahlia egmontis Killifish species, var., Adinia Killifish species, var., Fundulus Ladyfish, Elops saurus Lancer Dragonet, Paradiplogrammus bairdi Leatherjack/Leatherjacket, Oligoplites saurus Lemon Shark, Negaprion brevirostris Lesser Electric Ray, Narcine brasiliensis Lined Sole, Achirus lineatus Lofty Triplefin, Enneanectes altivelis Lookdown, Selene vomer Lyre Goby, Evorthodus lyricus Mackerel, Scomberomorus, 3 spp. Mangrove Gambusia, Gambusia rhizophorae Mangrove Rivulus, Rivulus marmoratus Mangrove Snapper, Lutjanus griseus Man-of-War Fish, Nomeus grovovii Manta Ray, Manta birostris Manytooth Conger, Conger triporiceps Marbled Grouper, Dermatolepis inermis Margate, Haemulon album Margintail Conger, Paraconger caudilimbatus Midnight Blenny, Emblemaria bottomei Mojarra, Eucinostomus, var. spp. Molly Miller, Scartella cristata Moray Eel, Gymnothorax, var. spp. Mosquitofish, Gambusia holbrooki Mullet, Mugil, 3 spp. Mutton Hamlet, Alphestes afer Nassau Grouper, Epinephelus striatus Needlefish, Strongylura, 2 spp. Night Sergeant, Abudefduf taurus Night Shark, Carcharhinus signatus Oceanic Two-wing, Exocoetus obtusirostris Ocean Surgeon, Acanthurus bahianus Ocean Triggerfish, Canthidermis sufflamen Orangespotted Goby, Nes longus Opossum Pipefish/Shorttailed Pipefish, Microphis brachyurus Palometa, Trachinotus goodei Papillose Blenny, Acanthemblemaria chaplini Parrotfish, Scarus, var. spp. Parrotfish, Sparisoma, var. spp. Pearl Blenny, Entomacrodus nigricans Perch, Diplectrum, var. spp. Permit, Trachinotus falcatus Pigfish, Orthopristis chrysoptera Pilotfish, Naucrates ductor Pink Wormfish, Microdesmus longipinnis Pipefish, Cosmocampus, var. spp. Pipefish, Micrognathus, 3 spp. Pipefish, Syngnathus, 7 spp. Pompano Dolphin, Coryphaena equiselis Porgy, Calamus, var. spp. Porkfish, Anisotremus virginiscus Porcupinefish, Diodon hystrix Puffer, Sphoeroides, 3 spp. Pugjaw Wormfish, Cerdale floridana Pugnose Pipefish, bryx dunckeri Purple Reeffish, Chromis scotti Pygmy moray, Anarchias similis Queen Angelfish, Holacanthus ciliarisd Queen Triggerfish, Balistes vetula Rainbow Runner, Elagatis bipinnulata Razorfish, Hemipteronotus, 2 spp. Redfin Brotula, Petrotyx sanguineus Red Hind, Epinephelus guttatus Red Grouper, Epinephelus morio Redlip Blenny, Ophioblennius atlanticus Red Lizardfish, Synodus synodus Red-spotted Hawkfish, Amblycirrhitus pinos Reef Bass, Pseudogramma gregoryi Reef Croaker, Odontoscion dentex Reef Silverside, Hypoatherina harringtonensis Remora, Remora, 2 spp. Rock Hind, Epinephelus guttatus Roundel Skate, Raja texana Round Sardinella, Sardinella aurita Roughhead Blenny, Acanthemblemaria aspera Rusty Goby, Priolepis hipoliti Saddle Stargazer, Platygillellus rubrocinctus Sailfin Eel, Letharchus velifer Sailfin Flyingfish, Parexocoetus brachypterus Sailfin Molly, Poecilia latipinna Sand Tilefish, Malacanthus plumieri Sargassumfish, Histrio histrio Scad, Decapterus, var. spp. Scorpionfish, Scorpaena, var. spp. Scrawled Cowfish, Lactophrys quadricornis Sea Bream, Archosargus rhomboidalis Seahorse, Hippocampus, 2 spp. Searobin, Prionotus, 4 spp. Seatrout, Cynoscion, var. spp. Seaweed Blenny, Parablennius marmoreus Sennet, Sphyraena, 2 spp. Sergeant Major, Abudefduf saxatilis Sharksucker, Echeneis naucrates Sharpnose Puffer, Canthigaster rostrata Sheepshead Minnow, Cyprinodon variegatus Short Bigeye, Pristigenys alta Silver Perch, Bairdiella chrysoura Skilletfish, Gobiesox strumosus Slippery Dick, Halichoeres bivittatus Smalltooth Sawfish, Pristis pectinata Smooth Butterfly Ray, Gymnura micrura Smooth Dogfish, Mustelus canis Snakefish, Trachinocephalus myops Snapper, Lutjanus, 7 spp. Snook, Centropomus, var. spp. Snowy Grouper, Epinephelus niveatus Soapfish, Rypticus, 3 spp. Sooty Eel, Bascanichthys teres Southern Kingfish, Menticirrhus americanus Southern Stargazer, Astroscopus y-graecum Southern Stingray, Dasyatis americana Spaghetti Eel, Moringua edwardsi Spanish Hogfish, Bodianus rufus Speckled Hind, Epinephelus drummondhayi Speckled Worm Eel, Myrophis punctatus Spinycheek sleeper, Eleotris pisonis

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