Cairns Fish Identification by Shape

Please look up the group most resembling the fish sought, then click on a thumbnail to see more photos of the respective family

Disk-shaped Reef Colorfuls

Butterflyfishes Angelfishes

Large Oval-shaped Fishes

Surgeonfishes Rabbitfishes

Small Ovals – Damselfishes and Anemonefishes

Damselfishes Anemonefishes

Sloping heads/Tapered Bodies

Snappers Coral Breams Emperors


Batfishes Trevallies Barracudas
Drummers Longtoms

Slender Colorful Schooling Fishes

Fusiliers Anthias

Heavy Bodies/Large Lips

Rockcods/Gropers Hawkfishes Sweetlips

Swim with Pectoral Fins/Colorfuls

Parrotfishes Wrasses

Reddish/Big Eyes/Nocturnals

Squirrelfishes/Soldierfishes Cardinalfishes Bigeyes

Cryptic Cave Dwellers

Longfins/Devilfishes Dottybacks

Small Elongate Bottom Dwellers

Sandperches Blennies Triplefins
Gobies Dartfishes Clingfishes

Odd-shaped Bottom Dwellers

Scorpionfishes/Lionfishes Lizardfishes

Odd-shaped Swimmers

Goatfishes Trumpetfishes Flutemouths/Cornetfishes
Triggerfishes Leatherjackets/Filefishes Boxfishes
Pufferfishes Razorfishes/Shrimpfishes


Moray Eels

Sharks and Rays

Requiem Sharks Weasel Sharks Whiptail Stingrays