Fish Directory – Marine Species


In my fish directory you can find more than 100 species that can be seen around the Canary Islands. Many species are also much more common. They are found in the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, the Caribbean and the other islands of Macaronesia such as the Azores, Madeira or Cape Verde.

In addition to the fishes, you will find various snails, cuttlefish, rays, sponges, anemones, corals, crabs and echinoderms. In the Canaries, however, much more marine species can be discovered. There are more than 700 species that I would like to supplement piece by piece. In any case, there is a variety of flora and fauna in the north-east Atlantic.

The fish directory is intended to facilitate the simple identification of the different species. In addition, there is information about size, appearance, habitat, distribution, way of life, diet, reproduction and other characteristics. I am not a marine biologist, which is why I can not guarantee the correctness of all information. However, I have used many different sources, which you should also use to get more facts.

Classification of the species

Because the fish directory is quickly becoming confusing in the number of species, I have sorted these into different classes, orders, genera, families and so on. For various reasons, I have not always gone scientifically perfect. For example, the eel species are an order of the bone fish. In my system, however, they get a separate department because they are easier and faster to find.
In addition, new knowledge is used to classify species in different types of systems (taxonomy). That does not make the job any easier. I hope you find your way threw my fish directory. For feedback I am grateful.


Anthozoa – Anemones & Corals

club tipped anemone Telmatactis cricoides fish directory species diving canary islands canaries finder lexiconThe class of the Anthazoa makes a lot of the colour splendor when diving around the Canaries. In addition to anemones, corals also belong to the Anthozoa.

Anthozoa – Anemones & Corals

 


Osteichthyes – Bony Fish

Sphoeriodes marmoratus Guinean puffer bony fish directory species diving canary islands canaries finder lexiconTo the row of the bony fish belong all fishes which have a partial or completely ossified skeleton. Simply put you can find almost everything here that has fins, also seahorses!

Osteichthyes – Bony Fish

 


Crustacea

Brachycarpus biunguiculatus crustacea fish directory species diving canary islands canaries finder lexiconCrustacea are widespread in the Canaries. There are different species to see each dive. Among the Crustacea you can find shrimps, crayfishes and crabs.

Crustacea

 


Elasmobranchii – Rays and Sharks

sting ray common fish directory species diving canary islands canaries finder lexiconThe Elasmobranchii include sharks and rays. There are more than 60 species of Elasmobranchii around the Canaries, of which we can observe about 10 regularly.

Elasmobranchii – Rays and Sharks

 


Mollusca – Molluscs

Conus Pulcher image picture photo butterfly cone gastropoda species snail canary islands scuba divingThe molluscs are a strain that contains species of many forms. These include seaslugs, cephalopods, mussels and chitons.

Mollusca – Molluscs

 


Plathelminthes – Flatworms

Pink Flatworm Prostheceraeus roseus flatworms species Plathelminthes Mediterranean Sea scuba diving canary islandsThe flatworms include a large number of living organisms. Among them are the tapeworms. But as this is about marine species of the Canary Islands it is also limited to these.

Plathelminthes – Flatworms

 


Porifera – Sponges

species diving canary islands canaries finder lexiconAlthough they are hardly noticed by most divers, sponges are quite interesting. On the one hand Porifera are colourful and on the other hand a good hiding place for other species.

Porifera – Sponges

 


Polychaete – Bristle Worms

bearded fireworm fish directory finder lexicon Hermodice fluorescence carunculata diving canary islands canaries atlantic ocean speciesThe Polychaete are a class in the Phylum of the Annelida with more than 10000 species described. There is considerable doubt that Polychaete is a descendant community. This means that the species can not possibly be traced back to a last common ancestor.

Polychaete – Bristle Worms


Echinodermata

species diving canary islands canaries finder lexiconThe Echinodermata include starfish, sea urchins and sea cucumbers, feather stars and brittle stars. When diving in the Canary Islands, we can observe several types during each dive.

Echinodermata

 


Cetacea – Whales & Dolphins

Whales Dolphins Cetacea cetaceans Delphinidae canary islands canaries scuba diving atlantic species Mysticeti OdontocetiNo one can hide their enthusiasm when they see the great marine mammals. Unfortunately you have to be very lucky to watch them while scuba diving but they are observed regularly on boat trips.

Cetacea – Whales & Dolphins