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Ascension Island fish record

During the 3 week survey of Ascension, the Shallow Marine Surveys Group took thousands of images of the marine life around the island. This page represents a photographic record of Ascension Island fish species seen by team members. The images in this post are being added to as the back-catalogue is processed and, when finished, should provide a useful and accurate guide to almost any species of fish life a skin-diver or scuba diver may see during a visit to Ascension Island.


 

Acanthuridae (surgeonfishes, tangs, and unicornfishes)


[caption id="attachment_1011" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Acanthurus bahianus (ocean surgeonfish) Acanthurus bahianus (ocean surgeonfish)


[caption id="attachment_1012" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Acanthurus bahianus (ocean surgeonfish) Acanthurus bahianus (ocean surgeonfish)


[caption id="attachment_1013" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Acanthurus coeruleus (blue tang) Acanthurus coeruleus (blue tang) - juvenile


[caption id="attachment_1014" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Acanthurus coeruleus (blue tang) Acanthurus coeruleus (blue tang)


 

Apogonidae (cardinalfishes)


[caption id="attachment_802" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Apogon axillaris (axillary spot cardinalfish)-1621 Apogon axillaris (axillary spot cardinalfish)


[caption id="attachment_801" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Apogon axillaris (axillary spot cardinalfish)-0243 Apogon axillaris (axillary spot cardinalfish)


[caption id="attachment_803" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Apogon pseudomaculatus (twospot cardinalfish)-9074 Apogon pseudomaculatus (twospot cardinalfish) - Image: Peter Wirtz


Aulostomidae (trumpet fish)


[caption id="attachment_804" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Aulostomus strigosus (Atlantic trumpetfish)-1159 Aulostomus strigosus (Atlantic trumpetfish)


[caption id="attachment_805" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Aulostomus strigosus (Atlantic trumpetfish) Aulostomus strigosus (Atlantic trumpetfish) - Image: Peter Wirtz


Balistidae (triggerfish)


[caption id="attachment_1037" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Melichthys niger (black triggerfish) Melichthys niger (black triggerfish)


[caption id="attachment_1038" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Melichthys niger (black triggerfish) Melichthys niger (black triggerfish)


[caption id="attachment_1039" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Balistes vetula (queen triggerfish) Balistes vetula (queen triggerfish)


[caption id="attachment_1040" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Canthidermis maculata (ocean triggerfish) Canthidermis maculata (ocean triggerfish)


Belonidae (needlefish)


[caption id="attachment_806" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Platybelone trachura (needlefish) Platybelone trachura (needlefish)


Bothidae (flounder)


[caption id="attachment_1019" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Bothus lunatus (peacock flounder) Bothus lunatus (peacock flounder)


[caption id="attachment_1020" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Bothus mellissi (St Helena flounder) Bothus mellissi (St Helena flounder)


Chaetodontidae (butterfly fish)


[caption id="attachment_840" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Chaetodon sanctaehelenae (St Helena butterflyfish)-1565 Chaetodon sanctaehelenae (St Helena butterflyfish)


[caption id="attachment_841" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Prognathodes dichrous (hedgehog butterflyfish)-2332 Prognathodes dichrous (hedgehog butterflyfish)


Cirrhitidae (hawkfish)


[caption id="attachment_843" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Amblycirrhitus earnshawi (white hawkfish)-1574 Amblycirrhitus earnshawi (white hawkfish)


[caption id="attachment_844" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Amblycirrhitus earnshawi (white hawkfish)-2590 Amblycirrhitus earnshawi (white hawkfish)


Diodontidae (porcupine fish)


[caption id="attachment_1016" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Diodon holocanthus (porcupine pufferfish) Diodon holocanthus (porcupine pufferfish)


[caption id="attachment_1017" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Diodon hystrix (spotted porcupinefish) Diodon hystrix (spotted porcupinefish)


Gobiidae (gobies)


[caption id="attachment_864" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Gnatholepis thompsoni (Thompsons goby)-1233 Gnatholepis thompsoni (Thompsons goby)


[caption id="attachment_1033" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Priolepis ascensionis (Ascension goby) Priolepis ascensionis (Ascension goby)


 

Holocentridae (soldierfish,squirrelfish)


[caption id="attachment_807" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Holocentrus adscensionis (squirrelfish)-1135 Holocentrus adscensionis (squirrelfish)


[caption id="attachment_808" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Holocentrus adscensionis (squirrelfish)-1000715 Holocentrus adscensionis (squirrelfish) - may be found in large schools.


[caption id="attachment_810" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Myripristis jacobus (blackbar soldierfish)-2275 Myripristis jacobus (blackbar soldierfish)


[caption id="attachment_809" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Myripristis jacobus (blackbar soldierfish)-1405 Myripristis jacobus (blackbar soldierfish)


Kyphosidae (sea chub)


[caption id="attachment_838" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Kyphosus sectatrix (sea chub)-2544 Kyphosus sectatrix (sea chub)


Labridae (wrasse)


[caption id="attachment_790" align="aligncenter" width="584"]20120827-DSC_1406 Thallasoma ascensionis (Ascension wrasse)


[caption id="attachment_792" align="aligncenter" width="584"]20120831-DSC_2123 Thallasoma ascensionis (Ascension wrasse) - juvenile


[caption id="attachment_1022" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Thalassoma ascensionis (Ascension wrasse) Thallasoma ascensionis (Ascension wrasse)


[caption id="attachment_1023" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Bodianus insularis (island hogfish) Bodianus insularis (island hogfish)


[caption id="attachment_785" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Bodianus insularis Bodianus insularis (island hogfish)


[caption id="attachment_1027" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Xyrichtys blanchardi (Blanchard's cleaver wrasse) Xyrichtys blanchardi (Blanchard's cleaver wrasse)


[caption id="attachment_1028" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Xyrichtys blanchardi (Blanchar's cleaver wrasse) Xyrichtys blanchardi (Blanchard's cleaver wrasse)


[caption id="attachment_1029" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Thalassoma sanctaehelenae (yellow razorfish) Thalassoma sanctaehelenae (yellow razorfish)


[caption id="attachment_789" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Xyrichtys novacula (marmalade razorfish) Xyrichtys novacula (marmalade razorfish)


Malacanthidae (tilefish)


[caption id="attachment_1031" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Malacanthus plumieri (sand tilefish) Malacanthus plumieri (sand tilefish)


Monacanthidae (filefish)


[caption id="attachment_846" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Aluterus scriptus (scrawled filefish)-1523 Aluterus scriptus (scrawled filefish)


[caption id="attachment_847" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Aluterus scriptus (scrawled filefish)-1010203 Aluterus scriptus (scrawled filefish)


[caption id="attachment_848" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Cantherhines macrocerus (whitespotted filefish)-5473 Cantherhines macrocerus (whitespotted filefish)

Mugilidae (mullet)


[caption id="attachment_813" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Mugil curvidens (dwarf mullet)-1010157 Mugil curvidens (dwarf mullet)


[caption id="attachment_812" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Mugil curvidens (dwarf mullet)-4999 Mugil curvidens (dwarf mullet)


Mullidae (goatfish)


[caption id="attachment_1007" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Mulloidichthys martinucus (yellow goatfish) Mulloidichthys martinucus (yellow goatfish)


[caption id="attachment_1008" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Mulloidichthys martinucus (yellow goatfish)-1550 Mulloidichthys martinucus (yellow goatfish)


[caption id="attachment_1009" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Mulloidichthys martinucus (yellow goatfish)-2629 Mulloidichthys martinucus (yellow goatfish)

Muraenidae (morays)


Ascension moray gallery here


Ophichthidae (snake eels)


[caption id="attachment_814" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Quassiremus ascensionis (black spotted snake eel)-0920 Quassiremus ascensionis (black spotted snake eel)


Pomacanthidae (angelfish)


[caption id="attachment_850" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Pomacanthus paru (french angelfish)-2392 Pomacanthus paru (french angelfish)


[caption id="attachment_531" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Pomacanthus paru (french angelfish Pomacanthus paru (french angelfish)


Ostraciidae (cowfish)


[caption id="attachment_859" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Acanthostracion notacanthus- (island cowfish)-1630 Acanthostracion notacanthus (island cowfish)


[caption id="attachment_860" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Acanthostracion notacanthus- (island cowfish)-1914 Acanthostracion notacanthus (island cowfish)


Pomacentridae (damselfish)


[caption id="attachment_855" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Abudefduf saxatilis (sergeant major)-1092 Abudefduf saxatilis (sergeant major)


[caption id="attachment_856" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Chromis multilineata (Apollo damselfish)-1816 Chromis multilineata (Apollo damselfish)


[caption id="attachment_857" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Stegastes lubbocki (Lubbocks damselfish)-2073 Stegastes lubbocki (Lubbocks damselfish)

Priacanthidae (bigeyes)


[caption id="attachment_815" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Heteropriacanthus cruentatus (glasseye)-1127 Heteropriacanthus cruentatus (glasseye)


Scorpaenidae (scorpionfish)


[caption id="attachment_818" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Scorpaenodes insularis (red scorpionfish)-1666 Scorpaenodes insularis (red scorpionfish)


[caption id="attachment_817" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Scorpaena plumieri (spotted scorpionfish)-9556 Scorpaena plumieri (spotted scorpionfish)


[caption id="attachment_816" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Scorpaena plumieri (spotted scorpionfish)-2637 Scorpaena plumieri (spotted scorpionfish)


Serranidae (groupers)


[caption id="attachment_825" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Rypticus saponaceus (greater soapfish)-8594 Rypticus saponaceus (greater soapfish) - Image: Peter Wirtz


[caption id="attachment_824" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Rypticus saponaceus (greater soapfish)-2236 Rypticus saponaceus (greater soapfish)


[caption id="attachment_823" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Paranthias furcifer (creolefish)-9147 Paranthias furcifer (creolefish) - Image: Peter Wirtz


[caption id="attachment_822" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Paranthias furcifer (creolefish)-2646 Paranthias furcifer (creolefish)


[caption id="attachment_821" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Paranthias furcifer (creolefish)-0172 Paranthias furcifer (creolefish)


[caption id="attachment_820" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Epinephelus adscensionis (rock hind)-1116 Epinephelus adscensionis (rock hind)


[caption id="attachment_819" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Epinephelus adscensionis (rock hind)-1004 Epinephelus adscensionis (rock hind) - juvenile


Synodontidae (lizardfish)


[caption id="attachment_827" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Synodus synodus (diamond lizardfish)-2588 Synodus synodus (diamond lizardfish)


[caption id="attachment_826" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Synodus synodus (diamond lizardfish)-0877 Synodus synodus (diamond lizardfish)


Tetraodontidae (pufferfish)


[caption id="attachment_862" align="aligncenter" width="584"]Canthigaster sanctaehelenae (St Helena pufferfish)-0816 Canthigaster sanctaehelenae (St Helena pufferfish)

To be added:


Carangidae (jacks)


Lutjanidae (snappers)


Tripterygiidae (triple fin blennies)


Blenniidae (blennies)


Callionymidae (dragonet)


Sphyraenidae (barracuda)



 
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Guest - sarah browning on Saturday, 09 March 2013 23:32

Stunning, I cant wait to see more, well done and thank you for doing this, sarah and Simon

Stunning, I cant wait to see more, well done and thank you for doing this, sarah and Simon
Guest - Debs on Wednesday, 20 March 2013 19:24

Absolutely beautiful photos of some truly gorgeous fishies! Well done!

Absolutely beautiful photos of some truly gorgeous fishies! Well done!
Guest - Ascension Island Conservation Department on Thursday, 18 April 2013 18:09

This is brillant and will be a massive help to future marine survey work on Ascension. Thank you!

This is brillant and will be a massive help to future marine survey work on Ascension. Thank you!
Guest - Graham (Scotty) Lonie on Sunday, 12 May 2013 17:56

Brings back great memories of my snorkeling days on Ascension. Back in the late 60's I used to feed those "rare" shrimp to my aquarium fish. oops?

Brings back great memories of my snorkeling days on Ascension. Back in the late 60's I used to feed those "rare" shrimp to my aquarium fish. oops?
Guest - Simon Plummer on Monday, 10 June 2013 18:41

The photos are brilliant, envious.

The photos are brilliant, envious.
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