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Corals, Sea Anemones
Sea Jellies
Sea Urchins, Sea Cucumbers, Brittle Stars, Sea Stars, Sand Dollars
Sea Worms
Lobsters, Crabs, Shrimps, Barnacles
Mollusks Sea Snails, Oysters, Clams, Nudibranches, Octopuses
Fish: Perchlike Fish I
Fish: Perchlike Fish II
Fish: Other Ray-Finned Fish
Fish: Sharks, Rays, Skates
Sea Reptiles
Sea Mammals
Coloring Pages
Clownfish & Sea Anemone Coloring Page
Hawksbill Turtle Coloring Page
Sponge Coloring Page
French Angelfish Coloring Page
Southern Sting Ray Coloring Page
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Vertebrates (SUBPHYLUM)

Fishes III

Ray-Finned Fish (CLASS)

Other Ray-Finned Fishes

Eels and Morays (ORDER)


Habitat: reef associated, marine; 1-50 m depth range. tropical. Western Atlantic

Size: 250 cm total length

Food: Feeds mainly at night on fish and crustaceans

Interesting Fact: Due to its large size and aggressiveness, the bites of this moray are particularly dangerous.


Green Morey making appearance.

Picture by Mrs. Fox; taken at Shedd Aquarium

Green Moray

FAMILY: Moray Eels

Other Sites:

Habitat: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 0 - 200 m; subtropical; Western Atlantic.  shallow rocky and grassy areas and on coral reefs

Size: to 120. cm

Food:  fish, crustaceans

Interesting Fact: has poor eyesite; may mistake your hand for a fish. Its bite is very dangerous.

FISHBASE - Michael

Spotted Moray


Other Sites:

Habitat: Burrows in coarse sand along the rocky coasts of oceanic islands. Eastern Atlantic. tropical

Size: 64.8 cm. total length

Food: carnivore; fiddler crabs, small fish & grass shrimp

Interesting Fact: harmless


Leopard Eel

FAMILY: Snake Eels

Other Sites: Leopard Eel

Puffers and Filefishes (ORDER) Tetraodontiformes

Habitat: reef associated; 1-75 m. Indo-Pacific: East Africa south to Durban, South Africa and east through Indonesia to Samoa, north to southern Japan and south to New Caledonia.

Size: 50.0 cm long

Food: sea urchins, crabs and other crustaceans, mollusks, and tunicates

Interesting Fact: Among the most highly prized aquarium fishes

Clown Triggerfish

FAMILY: Balistidae (Triggerfishes)

Other Sites:

Habitat: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 2 - 275 m ; tropical. Eastern Atlantic: Found over rocky or coral area

Size: to 60.0 cm total length

Food: It preys on sea urchins by blowing water to overturn it and then attacks it where the spines are short.

Interesting Fact: Endangered status: Vulnerable. Poisonous to eat.

Fish Base

Queen Triggerfish

FAMILY: Balistidae (Triggerfishes)

Other Sites

Habitat: reef associated; marine. 2-100 m depth range. subtropical. Western Atlantic. Inhabits shallow reefs to open, soft bottoms. Also in areas with rocky substrata.

Size: 50.0 cm total length

Food: mollusks, sea urchins, hermit crabs, and crabs at night

Interesting Fact: Used in Chinese medicine. Poor swimmer.


Long-spine Porcupine Fish

FAMILY: Porcupinefishes (Burrfishes)

Other Sites: Long-spine

Porcupine Fish

Habitat: reef associated; marine; 1-16  depth range. Indo-Pacific.

Size: 15.0 cm total length (FB).

Food: Feeds mainly on algae,but also takes polychaetes,sea urchins, brittle stars,mollusks, tunicates, corals,crustaceans and sponges.

Interesting Fact: Many pufferfish are poisonous,but a Japanese delicacy.


Sharpnose Pufferfish


Other Sites:
Seahorses and Pipefishes (ORDER)

Habitat: reef-associated; non-migratory; marine ; depth range 3 - 63 m; sub-tropical; found in sheltered bays; Eastern Indian Ocean: northwestern Australia only

Size: to 22.0 cm

Food: minute invertebrates sucked in through tubular snout.

Interesting Fact:

Narrow-bellied Sea Horse

FAMILY: Seahorses and Pipefishes

(Subfamily Hippocampinae)

Other Sites:

Habitat: non-migratory; brackish; marine ; depth range 0 - 40 m; Southwest Pacific, Australia and New Zealand; found in large rock pools at low tide

Size: to 32.0 cm

Food: Feeds on tiny crustaceans

Interesting Fact: Male has extremely large brood pouch.

Pot-bellied Seahorse

FAMILY: Seahorses and Pipefishes

Other Sites:

Habitat: reef-associated; non-migratory; marine ; depth range 0 - 55 m; subtropical.  Western Atlantic: North Carolina, Brazil Bahamas, Bermuda

Size: up to 7-8 inches

Food: zooplankton

Interesting Fact: One of the most beautiful seahorses.


Longsnout Seahorse

FAMILY: Seahorses and Pipefishes

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