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Reef Fish Identification Guide - 20 Common Species of Florida and the Caribbean


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Guide to 20 Common Fish Species of Florida and the Caribbean
Reef scene from the tropical caribbean showing both the underwater world and the surface.

Divers in the Caribbean and Florida will commonly find multiple species of fish schooling together. This photo shows Porkfish (Anisotremus virginicus), French Grunts (Haemulon flavolineatum), and Sergeant Majors (Abudefduf saxatilius) from left to right.


Just beneath the twinkling, satin surface of the Caribbean school fish of a thousand different shapes and colors. The surprising variety of finned friends is one of the many reasons people become hooked on scuba diving. After nearly every dive, my dive groups surface with enthusiastic questions about fish species that they just noticed for the first time.

This illustrated guide will help divers identify twenty of the most common and interesting reef fish in the Caribbean, Florida, and the Western Atlantic. Familiarize yourself with these fish before you go diving and then try to spot them underwater, or click through this list to see which fish you recognize from your Caribbean dives.

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