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    Padre Island

    National Seashore Texas

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    To protect the public from impaired drivers and help ensure a safe park experience for all visitors, Padre Island National Seashore law enforcement will conduct a Sobriety Checkpoint on Saturday, July 19, 2014 on Park Road 22 near the park’s entrance.

Fish

Spotted seatrout

Spotted seatrout, caught off the beach

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The following 149 species of fish have been documented at the National Seashore by our Resources Management staff. They are sorted alphabetically by common name.

(Atlantic) Thread Herring - Opisthonema oglinum

(Atlantic) Threadfin - Polydactylus octonemus

(Florida) Pompano - Tranchinotus carolinas

Amberjack - Seriola dumerili

Atlantic Bonito - Sarda sarda

Atlantic Bumper - Chloroscombrus Chrysurus

Atlantic Croaker - Micropogon undulatus

Atlantic Cutlassfish - Trichiurus lepturus

Atlantic Midshipman - Porichthys plectrodon

Atlantic Needlefish - Strongylura marina

Atlantic Sailfish - Istiophorus albicans

Atlantic Sharpnose Shark - Rhizoprionodon terranovae

Atlantic Silverside - Menidia beryllina

Atlantic Spadefish - Chaetodipterus faber

Atlantic Stingray - Dasyatis sabina

Banded Drum - Larimus fasciatus

Barred Grunt - Conodon nobilis

Bay Anchovy - Anchoa mitchilli

Bay Whiff - Citharichthys spilopterus

Bermuda Chub - Kyphosus sectatrix

Bighead Searobin - Prionotus tribulus

Black Drum - Pogonias cromis

Black Grouper - Garrupa nigrita

Black Jewfish - Mycteroperca bonaci

Blackcheek Tonguefish - Symphurus plagiusa

Blackfin Tuna - Thunnus atlanticus

Blacktip Shark - Carcharhinus limbatus

Blue Fish - Pomatomus saltatrix

Blue Marlin - Makaira nigricans

Blue Runner - Caranx crysos

Bluefin Tuna - Thunnus thynnus

Bluntnose Jack - Hemicaranx amblyrhynchus

Bonefish - Albula vulpes

Bonnethead - Sphyrna tiburo

Broad Flounder - Paralichthys squamilentus

Bull Shark - Carcharhinus leucas

Burro Grunt - Pomadasys crocro

Cero - Scomberomorus regalis

Chain Pipefish - Syngnathus louisianae

Cobia - Rachycentron canadus

Common Snook/Snook - Centropomus undecimalis

Cownose Ray - Rhinoptera bonasus

Crested Cusk-Eel - Ophidion welshi

Crevalle Jack - Caranx hippos

Darter Goby - Gobionellus boleosoma

Dog Snapper - Lutjanus jocu

Dolphin - Coryphaena hippurus

Dusty Pipefish - Syngnathus floridae

Emerald Goby - Gobionellus smaragdus

Flat Anchovy - Anchoviella perfeasciata

Fringed Flounder - Etropus crossotus

Gafftop Catfish - Bagre marinus

Gag - Mycteroperca microlepis

Gizzard Shad - Dorosoma cepedianum

Gray Snapper - Lutjanus griseus

Gray Triggerfish - Balistes capriscus

Great Barracuda - Sphyraena barracuda

Great White Shark - Carcharodon carcharias

Guaguanche - Sphyraena guachancho

Gulf Butterfish - Peprilus burti

Gulf Flounder - Paralichthys albigutta

Gulf Killifish - Fundulus grandis

Gulf Kingfish - Menticirrhus littoralis

Gulf Menhaden - Brevoortia patronus

Hardhead Catfish - Arius felis

Herring - Harengula penascolae

Horse-Eye Jack - Caranx latus

Inshore Lizzardfish - Synodus foetens

King Mackerel - Scomberomorus cavalla

Lane Snapper - Lutjanus synagris

Least Puffer - Sphoeroides parvus

Leatherjacket - Oligoplites saurus

Leopard Toadfish - Opsanus pardus

Lesser Electric Ray - Narcine brasiliensis

Lined Sole - Achirus lineatus

Little Tuna - Euthynnus alletteratus

Longnose Anchovy - Anchoa nasuta

Longnose Killifish - Fundulus similis

Lookdown - Selene vomer

Mottled Mojarra - Eucinostomus lefroyi

Nassau Grouper - Epinephelus striatus

Northern Kingfish - Menticirrhus saxatilis

Northern Pipefish - Syngnathus fuscus

Northern Sennet - Sphyraena borealis

Oceanic Bonito - Katsuwonus pelamis

Orange Filefish - Aluterus schoepfi

Palometta - Trachinotus goodei

Permit - Trachinotus falcatus

Pigfish - Orthopristis chrysoptera

Pinfish - Lagodon rhomboides

Planehead Filefish - Monacanthus hispidus

Rainbow Runner - Elagatis bipinnulatus

Rainwater Killifish - Lucania parva

Red Drum/Redfish - Sciaenops ocellata

Red Snapper - Lutjanus campechanus

Ridged Eel - Neoconger mucronatus

Rock Hind - Epinephelus adscensionis

Rough Silverside - Membras martinica

Roundel Skate (Texas Clearnose Skate) - Raja texana

Sand Drum - Umbrina coroides

Sand Seatrout - Cynoscion arenarius

Sargassum Pipefish - Syngnathus pelagicus

Scaled Sardine/Scaled Herring - Harengula jaguana

Scalloped Hammerhead - Sphyrna lewini

Scamp - Mycteroperca falcata

Scrawled Cowfish - Acanthostracion quadricornis

Sergeant Major - Abudefduf saxatilis

Sharptail Goby - Gobionellus hastatus

Sheepshead - Archosargus probatocephalus

Sheepshead Minnow - Cyprinodon variegatus

Shortfin Mako - Isurus oxyrinchus

Shrimp Eel - Ophichthus gomesi

Silver Jenny - Eucinostomus gula

Silver Perch - Bairdiella chrysoura

Silver Trout - Cynoscion nothus

Silverstripe Halfbeak/Halfbeak - Hyporhamphus unifasciatus

Skipjack/Ladyfish - Elops saurus

Smallwing flyingfish - Oxyporhamphus micropterus

Snapper Eel - Echiophis mordax

Southern Flounder - Paralichthys lethostigma

Southern Kingfish - Menticirrhus americanus

Southern Stargazer - Astroscopus y-graecum

Spanish Mackerel - Scomberomorus maculatus

Spanish Sardine - Sardinella aurita

Speckled Worm Eel - Myrophis punctatus

Spinner Shark - Carcharhinus maculipinnis

Spot - Leiostomus xanthurus

Spotfin Mojarra - Eucinostomus argenteus

Spotted Jewfish - Promicrops itaiara

Spotted Seahorse - Hippocampus erectus

Spotted Seatrout - Cynoscion nebulosus

Spotted Tonguefish - Symphurus diomedianus

Star Drum - Stellifer lanceolatus

Striped Anchovy - Anchoa hepsetus

Striped Burrfish - Chilomycterus schoepfi

Striped Mullet - Mugil cephalus

Swordfish - Xiphias gladius

Tarpon - Megalops atlanticus

Threadfin Shad - Dorosoma petenense

Tidewater Silverside - Menidia peninsulae

Tripletail - Lobotes surinamensis

Vermilion Snapper - Rhomboplites aurorubens

Wahoo/Peto - Acanthocybium solandri

Whip Eel - Bascanichthys scuticaris

White Marlin - Makaira albida

White Mullet - Mugil curema

Yellowfin Mojarra - Gerres cinereus

Yellowfin Tuna - Thunnus albacares

Yellowtail Snapper - Ocyurus chrysurus

Did You Know?

A Kemp's ridley returns to the Gulf with a radio transmitter so that her travels outside of nesting season can be tracked.

Kemp's ridley sea turtles are both the smallest and the most endangered sea turtles in the world. Padre Island National Seashore is one of only a few places in the world where Kemp's ridley sea turtles come to nest. More...