Cairns Fish

Fishes most commonly seen on the reefs in the Cairns region

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Angelfishes

Bicolor Angelfish Regal Angelfish Six-banded Angelfish
Two-spined Angelfish Pearl-scaled Angelfish

Anthias/Seabasses

Redfin Anthias Scalefin Anthias Threadfin Anthias

Barracudas

Chevron Barracuda Pickhandle Barracuda Yellowtail Barracuda

Batfishes

Orbicular Batfish Pinnate Batfish

Bigeyes

Crescent-tail Bigeye

Blennies

Bicolor Blenny Bluestriped Fangblenny Piano Fangblenny
Great Barrier Reef Blenny

Boxfishes

Yellow Boxfish

Butterflyfishes

Beaked Coralfish Bluespot Butterflyfish Chevroned Butterflyfish
Forcepsfish Golden-striped Butterflyfish Klein’s Butterflyfish
Ornate Butterflyfish Rainford’s Butterflyfish Redfin Butterfyfish
Saddled Butterflyfish Speckled Butterflyfish Threadfin Butterflyfish
Triangular Butterflyfish Lined Butterflyfish Pacific Double-saddle Butterflyfish
Humphead Bannerfish Pennant Bannerfish Vagabond Butterflyfish
Spotnape Butterflyfish

Cardinalfishes

Split-banded Cardinalfish Yellow-striped Cardinalfish

Clingfishes

One-stripe Clingfish

Coral Breams

Bridled Monocle Bream

Damselfishes/Anemonefishes

Clown anemonefish (Amphiprion percula)Clown Anemonefish Ambon Damsel (Pomacentrus amboinensis)Ambon Damsel Black-axil Chromis
Blue-green Chromis Charcoal Damsel Humbug Dascyllus
Indo-pacific Sergeant Lemon Damsel Spiny Chromis
Ternate Chromis Yellowtail Demoiselle Barrier Reef Anemonefish
Pink Anemonefish Red and Black Anemonefish Spine-cheek Anemonefish

Dartfishes

Fire Dartfish Twotone Dartfish

Dottybacks

Brown Dottyback Bicoloured Dottyback Sailfin Dottyback

Drummers – Sea chubs

Topsail Drummer

Emperors

Orange-striped Emperor Spangled Emperor Yellow-tailed Emperor

Flutemouths-Cornetfishes

Smooth Flutemouth

Fusiliers

Scissortail Fusilier Two-stripe Fusilier Yellowtail Fusilier

Goatfishes

Dash-dot Goatfish Doublebar Goatfish Manybar Goatfish
Bicolor Goatfish

Gobies

Blueband Goby Spotfin Shrimp Goby Steinitz’ Shrimpgoby
Whip Goby Old Glory

Hawkfishes

Dwarf Hawkfish Longnose Hawkfish Pixy Hawkfish

Leatherjackets (Filefishes)

Beaked Leatherjacket

Lizardfishes

Reef Lizardfish (Synodus variegatus)Reef Lizardfish

Longfins

Blue Devilfish Yellow Devilfish

Longtoms

Crocodile Longtom

Moray Eels

Giant Moray (Gymnothorax javanicus)Giant Moray

Parrotfishes

Bumphead Parrotfish Bicolor Parrotfish Bridled Parrotfish
Bullethead Parrotfish Steephead Parrotfish

Pufferfishes

Black-saddled Toby Blackspotted Puffer

Rabbitfishes

Barred Rabbitfish Coral Rabbitfish Foxface

Rockcods/Seabasses

Chinese Footballer (Plectropomus laevis)Chinese Footballer Coral Trout (Plectropomus leopardus)Coral Trout Barramundi Cod
Blue-spotted Rockcod Coral Cod Dwarf Spotted Rockcod
Peacock Rockcod

Sandperches

Speckled Sandperch

Scorpionfishes

Ragged-finned Firefish Common Lionfish

Sharks (Requiem)

Grey Reef Shark

Sharks (Weasel)

Whitetip Reef Shark

Razorfishes-Shrimpfishes

Razorfish

Snappers

Black And White Seaperch Paddletail Red Bass
Bluestripe Snapper Spanish Flag

Squirrelfishes

Bigscale Soldierfish Blackfin Squirrelfish Crown Squirrelfish
Epaulette Soldierfish Lattice Soldierfish Sabre Squirrelfish
Tailspot Squirrelfish

Stingrays (Whiptail)

Blue-spotted Stingray Kuhl’s Stingray

Surgeonfishes

Blackstreak Surgeonfish Bluespine Unicornfish Mimic Surgeonfish
Orangespine Unicornfish Palette Surgeonfish Ringtail Surgeonfish
Sailfin Tang Spotted Unicornfish Striped Surgeonfish
Twospot Bristletooth

Sweetlips

Many-spotted Sweetlips (Plectorhinchus chaetodonoides)Many-spotted Sweetlips Diagonal-banded Sweetlips (Plectorhinchus lineatus)Diagonal-banded Sweetlips Brown Sweetlips
Dotted Sweetlips

Trevallies

Barcheek Trevally Bluefin Trevally Giant Trevally
Snub-nosed Dart

Triggerfishes

Orange-lined Triggerfish Titan Triggerfish

Triplefins

Neon Triplefin

Trumpetfishes

Trumpetfish

Wrasses

Humphead Maori Wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus) maleHumphead Maori Wrasse Batu Coris Bird Wrasse
Bluntheaded Wrasse Cheeklined Maori Wrasse Dotted Wrasse
Harlequin Tuskfish Moon Wrasse New Guinea Wrasse
Redbreasted Maori Wrasse Slingjaw Wrasse Splitlevel Hogfish
Striped Cleaner Wrasse Bicolor Cleaner Wrasse Axilspot Hogfish
Sixbar Wrasse