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    Biscayne

    National Park Florida

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Fish

Nature and Science

Grunts are named for the noises they make underwater and when caught on a line.

The fish in Biscayne National Park range in size from less than an inch to well over 10 feet in length. The fish fauna includes both temperate and tropical species.

The following fish have been reported from within Biscayne National Park. Since this is a marine park, the focus is on marine species, however, we also include freshwater species that have been documented in the park (in proximity to the canals that empty into the park). Non-native species are indicated by an asterisk (*) after the common name.

Fishes are sorted alphabetically by groupings, then by common name. Scientific names are also provided. The list is not exhaustive, and documented sightings of species not on this list are welcome. Submit your sightings to the webmaster.

GROUPING Common Name Scientific Name
Anchovies Bay Anchovy Anchoa mitchilli
Big-Eye Anchovy Anchoa lamprotaenia
Flat Anchovy Anchoviella perfasciata
Narrow Striped Anchovy Anchoa colonensis
Striped Anchovy Anchoa hepsetus
Angelfishes Blue Angelfish Holacanthus bermudensis
Cherubfish Centropyge argi
French Angelfish Pomacanthus paru
Gray Angelfish Pomacanthus arcuatus
Queen Angelfish Holacanthus ciliaris
Rock Beauty Holacanthus tricolor
Townsend Angelfish Hybrid Holacanthus bermudensis X ciliaris
Barracudas Great Barracuda Sphyraena barracuda
Guaguanche Sphyraena guachancho
Northern Sennet Sphyraena borealis
Southern Sennet Sphyraena picudilla
Batfishes Longnose Batfish Ogcocephalus corniger
Polka-Dot Batfish Ogcocephalus cubifrons
Shortnose Batfish Ogcocephalus nasutus
Bigeyes Bigeye Priacanthus arenatus
Glasseye Snapper Heteropriacanthus cruentatus
Short Bigeye Pristigenys alta
Billfishes Atlantic Blue Marlin Makaira nigricans
Sailfish Istiophorus platypterus
Swordfish, Broadbill Xiphias gladius
White Marlin Tetrapturus albidus
Blennies Banded Blenny Paraclinus fasciatus
Barred Blenny Hypleurochilus bermudensis
Blackfin Blenny Paraclinus nigripinnis
Blackhead Blenny Emblemariopsis bahamensis
Bluethroat Pikeblenny Chaenopsis ocellata
Checkered Blenny Starksia ocellata
Coral Blenny Paraclinus cingulatus
Darkheaded Blenny Emblemariopsis sp.
Downy Blenny Labrisomus kalisherae
Eelgrass Blenny Stathmonotus stahli
Feather Blenny Hypsoblennius hentz
Florida Blenny Chasmodes saburrae
Freckled Blenny Hypsoblennius ionthas
Goldline Blenny Malacoctenus aurolineatus
Hairy Blenny Labrisomus nuchipinnis
Horned Blenny Paraclinus grandicomis
Longfin Blenny Labrisomus haitiensis
Marbled Blenny Paraclinus marmoratus
Mimic Blenny Labrisomus guppyi
Molly Miller Scartella cristata
Oyster Blenny Hypleurochilus aequipinnis
Papillose Blenny Acanthemblemaria chaplini
Pearl Blenny Entomacrodus nigricans
Pinkeye Blenny PINKEYE BLENNY
Puffcheek Blenny Labrisomus bucciferus
Redeye Triplefin Enneanectes pectoralis
Redlip Blenny Ophioblennius atlanticus
Rosy Blenny Malacoctenus macropus
Roughhead Blenny Acanthemblemaria aspera
Saddled Blenny Malacoctenus triangulatus
Sailfin Blenny Emblemaria pandionis
Seaweed Blenny Parablennius marmoreus
Spinyhead Blenny Acanthemblemaria spinosa
Spotcheek Blenny Labrisomus nigricinctus
Surf Blenny Paraclinus naeorhegmis
Tessellated Blenny Hypsoblennius invemar
Wrasse Blenny Hemiemblemaria simula
Yellowface Pikeblenny Chaenopsis limbaughi
Bluefishes Bluefish Pomatomus saltatrix
Bonefish Albula vulpes
Bonnetmouths Boga Inermia vittata
Bonnetmouth Emmelichthyops atlanticus
Bowfins Bowfin Amia calva
Boxfishes Honeycomb Cowfish Acanthostracion polygonius
Scrawled Cowfish Acanthostracion quadricornis
Smooth Trunkfish Lactophrys triqueter
Spotted Trunkfish Lactophrys bicaudalis
Trunkfish Lactophrys trigonus
Bullheads Brown Bullhead Ameiurus nebulosus
Yellow Bullhead Ameiurus natalis
Butterflyfishes Banded Butterflyfish Chaetodon striatus
Foureye Butterflyfish Chaetodon capistratus
Reef Butterflyfish Chaetodon sedentarius
Spotfin Butterflyfish Chaetodon ocellatus
Cardinalfishes Barred Cardinalfish Apogon binotatus
Belted Cardinalfish Apogon townsendi
Blackfin Cardinalfish Astrapogon puncticulatus
Bridle Cardinalfish Apogon aurolineatus
Bronze Cardinalfish Astrapogon alutus
Conchfish Astrapogon stellatus
Dusky Cardinalfish Phaeoptyx pigmentaria
Flamefish Apogon maculatus
Freckled Cardinalfish Phaeoptyx conklini
Mimic Cardinalfish Apogon phenax
Pale Cardinalfish Apogon planifrons
Sawcheek Cardinalfish Apogon quadrisquamatus
Sponge Cardinalfish Phaeoptyx xenus
Twospot Cardinalfish Apogon pseudomaculatus
Whitestar Cardinalfish Apogon lachneri
Carps and Minnows Coastal Shiner Notropis petersoni
Flagfish, American Flagfish Jordanella floridae
Golden Shiner Notemigonus crysoleucas
Goldspotted Killifish Floridichthys carpio
Grass Carp* Ctenopharyngodon idella
Sheepshead Minnow Cyprinodon variegatus
Catfishes Gafftopsail Catfish Bagre marinus
Hardhead Catfish Ariopsis felis
Orinoco Sailfin Catfish* Pterygoplichthys multiradiatus
Spotted Driftfish Ariomma regulus
Walking Catfish, Clarias Catfish* Clarias batrachus
Chubs Bermuda Chub Kyphosus sectator
Yellow Chub Kyphosus incisor
Cichlids African Jewelfish* Hemichromis letourneuxi
Black Acara* Cichlasoma bimaculatum
Blue Tilapia* Oreochromis aureus
Jaguar Cichlid* Parachromis managuensis
Jewel Cichlid* Hemichromis letourneauxi
Mayan Cichlid * Cichlasoma urophthalmus
Midas Cichlid* Amphilophus citrinellum
Mozambique Tilapia* Oreochromis mossambicus
Oscar* Astronotus ocellatus
Peacock Cichlid, Butterfly Peacock Bass* Cichla ocellaris
Spotted Tilapia* Tilapia mariae
Clingfishes Emerald Clingfish Acyrtops beryllinus
Skilletfish Gobiesox strumosus
Cobias Cobia Rachycentron canadum
Cornetfishes Bluespotted Cornetfish Fistularia tabacaria
Red Cornetfish Fistularia petimba
Cusk-eels Blackedge Cusk-Eel Lepophidium brevibarbe
Blotched Cusk-Eel Ophidion grayi
Dusky Cusk-Eel Parophidion schmidti
Redfin Brotula Petrotyx sanguineus
Damselfishes Beaugregory Stegastes leucostictus
Bicolor Damselfish Stegastes partitus
Blue Chromis Chromis cyanea
Brown Chromis Chromis multilineata
Cocoa Damselfish Stegastes variabilis
Longfin Damselfish Stegastes diencaeus
Night Seargeant Abudefduf taurus
Purple Reef-Fish Chromis scotti
Sergeant Major Abudefduf saxatilis
Sunshinefish Chromis insolata
Threespot Damselfish Stegastes planifrons
Yellowtail Damselfish Microspathodon chrysurus
Yellowtail Reeffish Chromis enchrysura
Dolphinfishes Dolphin Coryphaena hippurus
Pompano Dolphin Coryphaena equiselis
Dragonets Lancer Dragonet Paradiplogrammus bairdi
Spotted Dragonet Diplogrammus pauciradiatus
Driftfishes Freckled Driftfish Psenes cyanophrys
Man-Of-War Fish Nomeus gronovii
Silver Driftfish Psenes maculatus
Drums Atlantic Croaker Micropogonias undulatus
Cubbyu Pareques umbrosus
High-Hat Pareques acuminatus
Jackknife Fish Equetus lanceolatus
Red Drum Sciaenops ocellatus
Reef Croaker Odontoscion dentex
Sand Seatrout Cynoscion arenarius
Silver Perch Bairdiella chrysoura
Southern Kingfish, Jewsharp Drummer Menticirrhus americanus
Spot Leiostomus xanthurus
Spotted Drum Equetus punctatus
Spotted Seatrout Cynoscion nebulosus
Weakfish, Gray Trout, Sea Trout Cynoscion regalis
Eels American Eel Anguilla rostrata
Blackedge Moray Gymnothorax nigromarginatus
Brown Garden Eel Heteroconger longissimus
Chain Moray Echidna catenata
Conger Eel Conger oceanicus
False Moray Kaupichthys hyoproroides
Goldentail Moray Gymnothorax miliaris
Goldspotted Eel Myrichthys ocellatus
Green Moray Gymnothorax funebris
Honeycomb Moray Gymnothorax saxicola
Key Worm Eel Ahlia egmontis
Manytooth Conger Conger triporiceps
Margintail Conger Paraconger caudilimbatus
Palespotted Eel Ophichthus puncticeps
Purplemouth Moray Gymnothorax vicinus
Reticulate Moray Muraena retifera
Seagrass Eel Chilorhinus suensonii
Sharptail Eel Myrichthys breviceps
Shrimp Eel Ophichthus gomesii
Speckled Worm Eel Myrophis punctatus
Spotted Moray Gymnothorax moringa
Spotted Snake Eel Ophichthus ophis
Viper Moray Enchelycore nigricans
Filefishes Barred Filefish Cantherhines dumerilii
Fringed Filefish Monacanthus ciliatus
Orange Filefish Aluterus schoepfii
Orangespotted Filefish Cantherhines pullus
Planehead Filefish Stephanolepis hispida
Pygmy Filefish Stephanolepis setifer
Scrawled Filefish Aluterus scriptus
Slender Filefish Monacanthus tuckeri
Unicorn Filefish Aluterus monoceros
Whitespotted Filefish Cantherhines macrocerus
Flatfishes (Flounders, Soles and Whiffs) Anglefin Whiff Citharichthys gymnorhinus
Bay Whiff Citharichthys spilopterus
Black Brotula Stygnobrotula latebricola
Blackcheek Tonguefish Symphurus plagiusa
Caribbean Tonguefish Symphurus arawak
Channel Flounder Syacium micrurum
Dusky Flounder Syacium papillosum
Eyed Flounder Bothus ocellatus
Gulf Flounder Paralichthys albigutta
Hogchoker Trinectes maculatus
Horned Whiff Citharichthys cornutus
Key Brotula Ogilbia cayorum
Lined Sole Achirus lineatus
Naked Sole Gymnachirus melas
Offshore Tonguefish Symphurus civitatium
Peacock Flounder Bothus lunatus
Pygmy Tonguefish Symphurus nebulosus
Sand Whiff Citharichthys arenaceus
Scrawled Sole Trinectes inscriptus
Spottail Tonguefish Symphurus urospilus
Spotted Whiff Citharichthys macrops
Twospot Flounder Bothus robinsi
Flyingfishes Atlantic Flyingfish Cheilopogon melanurus
Blackwing Flyingfish Hirundichthys rondeletii
Bluntnose Flyingfish Prognichthys occidentalis
Clearwing Flyingfish Cypselurus comatus
Fourwing Flyingfish Hirundichthys affinis
Mirrorwing Flyingfish Hirundichthys speculiger
Oceanic Two-Wing Flyingfish Exocoetus obtusirostris
Sailfin Flyingfish Parexocoetus brachypterus
Spotfin Flyingfish Cheilopogon furcatus
Frogfishes Dwarf Frogfish Antennarius pauciradiatus
Longlure Frogfish Antennarius multiocellatus
Ocellated Frogfish Antennarius ocellatus
Sargassumfish Histrio histrio
Singlespot Frogfish Antennarius radiosus
Striated Frogfish Antennarius striatus
Gars Florida Gar Lepisosteus platyrhincus
Goatfishes Spotted Goatfish Pseudupeneus maculatus
Yellow Goatfish Mulloidichthys martinicus
Gobies Banner Goby Microgobius microlepis
Barfin Goby Coryphopterus alloides
Bartail Goby Coryphopterus thrix
Bearded Goby Barbulifer ceuthoecus
Bluegold Goby Lythrypnus spilus
Bridled Goby Coryphopterus glaucofraenum
Clown Goby Microgobius gulosus
Code Goby Gobiosoma robustum
Colon Goby Coryphopterus dicrus
Convict Goby Lythrypnus phorellus
Crested Goby Lophogobius cyprinoides
Dash Goby Ctenogobius saepepallens
Freshwater Goby Ctenogobius shufeldti
Frillfin Goby Bathygobius soporator
Glass Goby Coryphopterus hyalinus
Goldspot Goby Gnatholepis thompsoni
Highfin Goby Gobionellus oceanicus
Island Frillfin Bathygobius mystacium
Lyre Goby Evorthodus lyricus
Masked Goby Coryphopterus personatus
Naked Goby Gobiosoma bosc
Neon Goby Elacatinus oceanops
Notchtongue Goby Bathygobius curacao
Orangespotted Goby Nes longus
Pallid Goby Coryphopterus eidolon
Peppermint Goby Coryphopterus lipernes
Rockcut Goby Gobiosoma grosvenori
Rusty Goby Priolepis hipoliti
Seminole Goby Microgobius carri
Sharknose Goby Elacatinus evelynae
Sharpnose Goby, Sharknose Goby Elacatinus evelynae
Spotfin Goby Oxyurichthys stigmalophius
Spottail Goby Ctenogobius stigmaturus
Spotted Goby Coryphopterus punctipectophorus
Tiger Goby Elacatinus macrodon
Venezuela Goby Coryphopterus venezuelae
Yellowline Goby Elacatinus horsti
Yellownose Goby Elacatinus randalli
Groupers and Seabasses Banded Hamlet Hypoplectrus puella
Barred Hamlet Hypoplectrus puella
Black Grouper Mycteroperca bonaci
Black Hamlet Hypoplectrus nigricans
Blue Hamlet Hypoplectrus gemma
Butter Hamlet Hypoplectrus unicolor
Chalk Bass Serranus tortugarum
Coney Cephalopholis fulva
Creaole-Fish Paranthias furcifer
Dwarf Sand Perch Diplectrum bivittatum
Freckled Soapfish Rypticus bistrispinus
Gag Grouper Mycteroperca microlepis
Graysby Cephalopholis cruentata
Harlequin Bass Serranus tigrinus
Indigo Hamlet Hypoplectrus indigo
Jewfish, Goliath Grouper Epinephelus itajara
Lantern Bass Serranus baldwini
Marbled Grouper Dermatolepis inermis
Mutton Hamlet Alphestes afer
Nassau Grouper Epinephelus striatus
Panther Grouper, Humpback Grouper* Chromileptes altivelis
Peppermint Bass Liopropoma rubre
Red Grouper Epinephelus morio
Red Hind Epinephelus guttatus
Reef Bass Pseudogramma gregoryi
Rock Hind Epinephelus adscensionis
Sand Perch Diplectrum formosum
Scamp Mycteroperca phenax
Shy Hamlet, Golden Hamlet Hypoplectrus guttavarius
Snowy Grouper Epinephelus niveatus
Tan Hamlet Hypoplectrus tann
Tiger Grouper Mycteroperca tigris
Tobacco Fish Serranus tabacarius
Wrasse Bass Liopropoma eukrines
Yellowbelly Hamlet Hypoplectrus aberrans
Yellowedge Grouper Epinephelus flavolimbatus
Yellowfin Grouper Mycteroperca venenosa
Yellowmouth Grouper Mycteroperca interstitialis
Yellowtail Hamlet Hypoplectrus chlorurus
Grunts Black Margate Anisotremus surinamensis
Bluestriped Grunt Haemulon sciurus
Caesar Grunt Haemulon carbonarium
Cottonwick Haemulon melanurum
French Grunt Haemulon flavolineatum
Margate Haemulon album
Pigfish Orthopristis chrysoptera
Porkfish Anisotremus virginicus
Sailors Choice Haemulon parra
Smallmouth Grunt Haemulon chrysargyreum
Spanish Grunt Haemulon macrostomum
Striped Grunt Haemulon striatum
Tomtate Haemulon aurolineatum
White Grunt Haemulon plumierii
Hakes Spotted Hake Urophycis regia
Halfbeaks Atlantic Silverstripe Halfbeak Hyporhamphus unifasciatus
Balao Hemiramphus balao
Ballyhoo Hemiramphus brasiliensis
False Silverstripe Halfbeak Hyporhamphus meeki
Flying Halfbeak Eoleptohamphus velox
Hardhead Halfbeak Chriodorus atherinoides
Hawkfishes Redspotted Hawkfish Amblycirrhitus pinos
Headstanders Banded Leporinus* Leporinus fasciatus
Herrings, Menhaden, Sardines and Shad American Gizzard Shad Dorosoma cepedianum
Atlantic Thread Herring Opisthonema oglinum
Dwarf Herring Jenkinsia lamprotaenia
False Pilchard Harengula clupeola
Little-Eye Herring Jenkinsia majua
Redear Sardine Harengula humeralis
Scaled Sardine Harengula jaguana
Spanish Sardine Sardinella aurita
Yellowfin Menhaden Brevoortia smithi
Jacks African Pompano, Threadfin Alectis ciliaris
Almaco Jack Seriola rivoliana
Atlantic Bumper Chloroscombrus chrysurus
Atlantic Moonfish Selene setapinnis
Banded Rudderfish Seriola zonata
Bar Jack Caranx ruber
Bigeye Scad Selar crumenophthalmus
Blue Runner Caranx crysos
Bluntnose Jack Hemicaranx amblyrhynchus
Crevalle Jack Caranx hippos
Florida Pompano Trachinotus carolinus
Greater Amberjack Seriola dumerili
Horse-Eye Jack Caranx latus
Leatherjacket Oligoplites saurus
Lesser Amberjack Seriola fasciata
Lookdown Selene vomer
Mackerel Scad Decapterus macarellus
Palometa Trachinotus goodei
Permit Trachinotus falcatus
Pilotfish Naucrates ductor
Rainbow Runner Elagatis bipinnulata
Round Scad Decapterus punctatus
Yellow Jack Carangoides bartholomaei
Jawfishes Banded Jawfish Opistognathus macrognathus
Dusky Jawfish Opistognathus whitehursti
Mottled Jawfish Opistognathus maxillosus
Spotfin Jawfish Opistognathus robinsi
Yellowhead Jawfish Opistognathus aurifrons
Yellowhead Jawfish Opistognathus aurifrons
Killifishes Bluefin Killifish, Blue-Fintop Minnow Lucania goodei
Diamond Killifish Adinia xenica
Golden Topminnow Fundulus chrysotus
Gulf Killifish Fundulus grandis
Longnose Killifish Fundulus similis
Mangrove Rivulus Rivulus marmoratus
Marsh Killifish Fundulus confluentus
Rainwater Killifish Lucania parva
Seminole Killifish Fundulus seminolis
Ladyfishes Ladyfish Elops saurus
Livebearers Dwarf Livebearer, Least Killifish Heterandria formosa
Eastern Mosquitofish Gambusia holbrooki
Mangrove Gambusia Gambusia rhizophorae
Mosquitofish Gambusia affinis
Pike Killifish, Piketop Minnow Belonesox belizanus
Sailfin Molly Poecilia latipinna
Lizardfishes Inshore Lizardfish Synodus foetens
Red Lizardfish Synodus synodus
Sand Diver Synodus intermedius
Snakefish Trachinocephalus myops
Mackerels, Tunas, and Bonitos Atlantic Bonito Sarda sarda
Bigeye Tuna Thunnus obesus
Blackfin Tuna Thunnus atlanticus
Bullet Mackerel Auxis rochei
Cero, Painted Mackerel Scomberomorus regalis
King Mackerel Scomberomorus cavalla
Little Tuna, False Albacore, Little Tunny Euthynnus alletteratus
Spanish Mackerel, Atlantic Spanish Mackerel Scomberomorus maculatus
Striped Tuna, Skipjack, Oceanic Bonito Katsuwonus pelamis
Wahoo Acanthocybium solandri
Yellowfin Tuna Thunnus albacares
Mojarras Flagfin Mojarra Eucinostomus melanopterus
Irish Pompano Diapterus auratus
Longfinned Silverbiddy, Mottled Mojarra Ulaema lefroyi
Silver Jenny Eucinostomus gula
Slender Mojarra Eucinostomus jonesii
Spotfin Mojarra Eucinostomus argenteus
Tidewater Mojarra Eucinostomus harengulus
Yellowfin Mojarra Gerres cinereus
Moorish Idols Moorish Idol* Zanclus cornutus
Mullets Liza Mugil liza
Striped Mullet Mugil cephalus
Whirligig Mullet Mugil gyrans
White Mullet Mugil curema
Needlefishes Agujon Tylosurus acus
Atlantic Needlefish Strongylura marina
Flat Needlefish Ablennes hians
Houndfish Tylosurus crocodilus
Keeltail Needlefish Platybelone argalus
Redfin Needlefish Strongylura notata
Timucu Strongylura timucu
Ocean Sunfishes Ocean Sunfish Mola mola
Parrotfishes Blue Parrotfish Scarus coeruleus
Bluelip Parrotfish Cryptotomus roseus
Bucktooth Parrotfish Sparisoma radians
Emerald Parrotfish Nicholsina usta
Greenblotch Parrotfish Sparisoma atomarium
Midnight Parrotfish Scarus coelestinus
Princess Parrotfish Scarus taeniopterus
Queen Parrotfish Scarus vetula
Rainbow Parrotfish Scarus guacamaia
Redband Parrotfish Sparisoma aurofrenatum
Redfin Parrotfish, Yellowtail Parrotfish Sparisoma rubripinne
Redtail Parrotfish Sparisoma chrysopterum
Stoplight Parrotfish Sparisoma viride
Striped Parrotfish Scarus iseri
Yellowtail Parrotfish Sparisoma rubripinne
Pearlfishes Pearlfish Carapus bermudensis
Perches Swamp Darter Etheostoma fusiforme
Pipefishes and Seahorses Bull Pipefish Syngnathus springeri
Chain Pipefish Syngnathus louisianae
Crested Pipefish Cosmocampus brachycephalus
Dusky Pipefish Syngnathus floridae
Dwarf Seahorse Hippocampus zosterae
Fringed Pipefish Anarchopterus criniger
Gulf Pipefish Syngnathus scovelli
Insular Pipefish Micrognathus crinitus
Lined Seahorse Hippocampus erectus
Longsnout Seahorse Hippocampus reidi
Opossum Pipefish, Shorttailed Pipefish Microphis brachyurus
Pugnose Pipefish Bryx dunckeri
Sargassum Pipefish Syngnathus pelagicus
Shortfin Pipefish Cosmocampus elucens
Whitenose Pipefish Cosmocampus albirostris
Porcupinefishes Balloonfish Diodon holocanthus
Bridled Burrfish Chilomycterus antennatus
Porcupinefish Diodon hystrix
Spotted Burrfish Chilomycterus atringa
Striped Burrfish Chilomycterus schoepfii
Web Burrfish Chilomycterus antillarum
Porgies Grass Porgy Calamus arctifrons
Jolthead Progy Calamus bajonado
Knobbed Porgy Calamus nodosus
Littlehead Porgy Calamus proridens
Pinfish Lagodon rhomboides
Red Porgy Pagrus pagrus
Saucereye Progy Calamus calamus
Sea Bream Archosargus rhomboidalis
Sheepshead Archosargus probatocephalus
Sheepshead Porgy Calamus penna
Spottail Pinfish Diplodus holbrookii
Pufferfishes Atlantic Torpedo Ray Torpedo nobiliana
Bandtail Puffer Sphoeroides spengleri
Checkered Puffer Sphoeroides testudineus
Northern Puffer Sphoeroides maculatus
Sharpnose Puffer Canthigaster rostrata
Southern Puffer Sphoeroides nephelus
Rays and Skates Atlantic Guitarfish Rhinobatos lentiginosus
Atlantic Manta Manta birostris
Atlantic Stingray Dasyatis sabina
Bluntnose Stingray Dasyatis say
Cownose Ray Rhinoptera bonasus
Lesser Electric Ray Narcine brasiliensis
Roundel Skate Raja texana
Smooth Butterfly Ray Gymnura micrura
Southern Stingray Dasyatis americana
Spotted Eagle Ray Aetobatus narinari
Yellow Stingray Urobatis jamaicensis
Sawfishes Smalltooth Sawfish Pristis pectinata
Scorpionfishes Barbfish Scorpaena brasiliensis
Deepreef Scorpionfish Scorpaenodes tredecimspinosus
Hunchback Scorpionfish Scorpaena dispar
Lesser Scorpionfish, Coral Scorpionfish Scorpaena albifimbria
Lionfish* Pterois volitans/miles
Mushroom Scorpionfish Scorpaena inermis
Plumed Scorpionfish, Poison Grouper Scorpaena grandicornis
Reef Scorpionfish Scorpaenodes caribbaeus
Smoothhead Scorpionfish Scorpaena calcarata
Spinycheek Scorpionfish Neomerinthe hemingwayi
Spotted Scorpionfish Scorpaena plumieri
Searobins Bighead Searobin Prionotus tribulus
Bluespotted Searobin Prionotus roseus
Bluewing Searobin, Spotted Searobin Prionotus punctatus
Leopard Searobin Prionotus scitulus
Shortfin Searobin Bellator brachychir
Sharks Atlantic Sharpnose Shark Rhizoprionodon terraenovae
Blacknose Shark Carcharhinus acronotus
Blacktip Shark Carcharhinus limbatus
Bull Shark Carcharhinus leucas
Lemon Shark Negaprion brevirostris
Silky Shark Carcharhinus falciformis
Spinner Shark Carcharhinus brevipinna
Bonnethead Sphyrna tiburo
Great Hammerhead Sphyrna mokarran
Great White Shark Carcharodon carcharias
Nurse Shark Ginglymostoma cirratum
Scalloped Hammerhead Sphyrna lewini
Whale Shark Rhincodon typus
Sharksuckers Marlinsucker Remora osteochir
Remora Remora remora
Sharksucker Echeneis naucrates
Whitefin Sharksucker Echeneis neucratoides
Silversides Brook Silverside Labidesthes sicculus
Hardhead Silverside Atherinomorus stipes
Inland Silverside Menidia beryllina
Reef Silverside Hypoatherina harringtonensis
Rough Silverside Membras martinica
Sleeper gobies Emerald Sleepier Erotelis smaragdus
Fat Sleeper Dormitator maculatus
Spinycheek Sleeper Eleotris amblyopsis
Snappers Blackfin Snapper Lutjanus buccanella
Cubera Snapper Lutjanus cyanopterus
Dog Snapper Lutjanus jocu
Gray Snaper Lutjanus griseus
Lane Snapper Lutjanus synagris
Mahogany Snapper Lutjanus mahogoni
Mutton Snapper Lutjanus analis
Northern Red Snapper, Red Snapper Lutjanus campechanus
Queen Snapper Etelis oculatus
Schoolmaster Lutjanus apodus
Silk Snapper Lutjanus vivanus
Vermilion Snapper Rhomboplites aurorubens
Yellowtail Snapper Ocyurus chrysurus
Snooks Common Snook Centropomus undecimalis
Swordspine Snook Centropomus ensiferus
Tarpon Snook Centropomus pectinatus
Soapfishes Greater Soapfish Rypticus saponaceus
Spotted Soapfish Rypticus subbifrenatus
Whitespotted Soapfish Rypticus maculatus
Spadefishes Atlantic Spadefish Chaetodipterus faber
Squirrelfishes Blackbar Soldierfish Myripristis jacobus
Dusky Squirrelfish Sargocentron vexillarium
Longjaw Squirrelfish Holocentrus marianus
Longspine Squirrelfish Holocentrus rufus
Reef Squirrelfish Sargocentron coruscum
Squirrelfish Holocentrus adscensionis
Stargazers Arrow Stargazer Gillellus greyae
Atlantic Midshipman Porichthys plectrodon
Bigeye Stargazer Dactyloscopus crossotus
Flying Gurnard Dactylopterus volitans
Saddle Stargazer Platygillellus rubrocinctus
Sand Stargazer Dactyloscopus tridigitatus
Smooth-Lipped Stargazer Leurochilus acon
Southern Stargazer Astroscopus y-graecum
Sticklebacks Ninespine Stickleback Pungitius pungitius
Suckers Lake Chubsucker Erimyzon sucetta
Sunfishes Black Crappie Pomoxis nigromaculatus
Bluegill Lepomis macrochirus
Bluespotted Sunfish Enneacanthus gloriosus
Dollar Sunfish Lepomis marginatus
Everglades Pygmy Sunfish Elassoma evergladei
Largemouth Bass Micropterus salmoides
Redear Sunfish Lepomis microlophus
Spotted Sunfish Lepomis punctatus
Warmouth Lepomis gulosus
Surgeonfishes Blue Tang Acanthurus coeruleus
Doctorfish Acanthurus chirurgus
Ocean Surgeon Acanthurus bahianus
Sweepers Glassy Sweeper Pempheris schomburgkii
Tarpons Tarpon Megalops atlanticus
Threadfins Atlantic Threadfin Polydactylus octonemus
Barbu Polydactylus virginicus
Little-Scale Threadfin Polydactylus oligodon
Tilefishes Sand Tilefish Malacanthus plumieri
Toadfishes Gulf Toadfish Opsanus beta
Oyster Toadfish Opsanus tau
Triggerfishes Black Durgon Melichthys niger
Gray Triggerfish Balistes capriscus
Ocean Triggerfish Canthidermis sufflamen
Queen Triggerfish Balistes vetula
Triplefins Lofty Triplefin Enneanectes altivelis
Mimic Triplefin Enneanectes jordani
Roughhead Triplefin Enneanectes boehlkei
Tripletail Lobotes surinamensis
Trumpetfishes Atlantic Trumpetfish Aulostomus maculatus
Wormfishes and Dartfishes Blue Goby, Blue Dartfish Ptereleotris calliurus
Hovering Goby, Hovering Dartfish Ptereleotris helenae
Pink Wormfish Microdesmus longipinnis
Pugjaw Wormfish Cerdale floridana
Wrasses Blackear Wrasse Halichoeres poeyi
Bluehead Wrasse Thalassoma bifasciatum
Clown Wrasse Halichoeres maculipinna
Creole Wrasse Clepticus parrae
Dwarf Wrasse Doratonotus megalepis
Green Razorfish Xyrichtys splendens
Hogfish Lachnolaimus maximus
Pearly Razorfish Xyrichtys novacula
Puddingwife Halichoeres radiatus
Rainbow Wrasse Halichoeres pictus
Rosy Razorfish Xyrichtys martinicensis
Slippery Dick Halichoeres bivittatus
Spanish Hogfish Bodianus rufus
Spotfin Hogfish Bodianus pulchellus
Yellowcheek Wrasse Halichoeres cyanocephalus
Yellowhead Wrasse Halichoeres garnoti
 
This lionfish was removed from Biscayne National Park waters

A non-native Indo-Pacific lionfish that was removed from park waters

NPS

The lionfish, native to the Indian and Pacific oceans, has now become established in the Atlantic Ocean, including waters in Biscayne National Park. This fish poses both environmental and safety threats. Park managers are hoping to keep the lionfish population under control by responding quickly to reported sightings and removing any lionfish seen in the park. Visit our lionfish page (here) for more information about this species and what you can do if you observe a lionfish within Biscayne National Park

Did You Know?

A snorkeler dives down over elkhorn coral.

A boat trip OVER Biscayne National Park's coral reef can be a great experience, but to really see the reef, get IN the water. It's not only fun, but you'll also be able to see things folks up on the boat can only imagine!