Saltwater Species

These species are found in the oceans of the world. This website isn't really devoted to saltwater fishing. Every part of the world has unique sea-fishes, so a saltwater lifelist is no more than a travelogue of the places you have visited. But, it's the best and most awesome kind of travelogue a person could have! Thus, we track saltwater fishes separately from the freshwater ones. The ocean contains so many more and varied species that it's hardly possible to describe them, so we have only a simple saltwater species list right now. If anyone would like to volunteer to fill in the basic species information for each, feel free to contact me.

700 species

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Albacore Thunnus alalunga
Thunnus alalunga
Seriola dumerili
Pomacanthus paru
Pomacanthus arcuatus
Hemiramphus brasiliensis
Scorpaena Brasiliensis
Sphyraena barracuda
Sphyraena argentea
Hyperoglyphe perciformis
Paralabrax nebulifer
Hemanthias signifer
Paralabrax clathratus
Dermatolepis dermatolepis
Paralabrax maculatofasciatus
Ogcocephalus radiatus
Ogcocephalus nasutus
Polymixia lowei
Tautogolabrus adspersus
Priacanthus Arenatus
Preacanthus meeki Hawaiian Bigeye
Preacanthus meeki
Girella punctata
Chromis punctipinnis
Pomatomus saltatrix
Albula vulpes
Cortez Bonefish Albula gilberti
Albula gilberti
Albula esculenta
Albula glossodonta
Atlantic Bonito Sarda sarda
Sarda sarda
Sarda orientalis
Chloroscombrus chrysurus
Chloroscombrus orqueta
Chilomycterus reticulatus
Striped Burrfish Chilomycterus schoepfi
Chilomycterus schoepfi
Gymnura altavela
Cabezon Scorpaenichthys marmoratus
Scorpaenichthys marmoratus
Pristigenys serrula Popeye catalufa
Pristigenys serrula
Chili Sea Catfish Notarius troschelii
Notarius troschelii
Catharops fuerthii
Bagre marinus
Ariopsis felis Hardhead Catfish
Ariopsis felis
Ariopsis seemanni
Kyphosus sectatrix
Sectator ocyurus
Kyphosus incisor
Rachycentron Canadum
Gadus morhua
Gadus ogac
Pacific Cod  Gadus macrocephalus
Gadus macrocephalus
Eleginus gracilis
Serranus cabrilla
Serranus scriba
Coney Cephalopholis fulva
Cephalopholis fulva
Epinephelus acanthistius
Menticirrhus undulatus California Corbina
Menticirrhus undulatus
Fistularia commersonii
Cynoscion xanthulus
Acanthostracion quadricornis
Paranthias colonus
Micropogonias undulatus
Johnius belangerii Belanger's Croaker
Johnius belangerii
Cheilotrema saturnum Black Croaker
Cheilotrema saturnum
Atrobucca brevis
Seriphus politus
Odontoscion dentex
Genyonemus lineatus
Umbrina roncador
Pareques umbrosus
Brosme brosme
Trichiurus lepturus
Limanda limanda
Stegastes acapulcoensis
Eupomacentrus flavilatus
Abudefduf sordidus
Cortez Damselfish Stegastes rectifraenum
Stegastes rectifraenum
Stegastes adustus
Hypsypops rubicundus
Abudefduf declivifrons
Abudefduf taurus
Abudefduf troschelii
Glaucosoma hebraicum
Coryphaena hippurus
Larimus fasciatus, Banded Drum
Larimus fasciatus
Pogonias cromis
Sciaenops ocellatus
Umbrina Coroides
Stellifer lanceolatus
Umbrina broussonnetii
Conger oceanicus American Conger Eel
Conger oceanicus
Echiophis creutzbergi
Ophichthus gomesii
Blackbelly Eelpout Lycodes pacificus
Lycodes pacificus
Lethrinus nebulosus
Aluterus schoepfii
Cantherhines pullus
Stephanolepis hispidus
Aluterus scriptus
Stephanolepis cirrhifer
Aluterus monoceros
Aulopus filamentosus
Kuhlia sandvicensis
Kuhlia sandvicensis Reticulated Flagtail
Kuhlia sandvicensis
Syacium micrurum
Syacium papillosum Dusky Flounder
Syacium papillosum
Platichthys flesus
Bothus ocellatus
Paralichthys albigutta
Bothus lunatus
Syacium Gunteri
Paralichthys lethostigma
Platichthys stellatus
Paralichthys dentatus
Scophthalmus aquosus Windowpane Flounder
Scophthalmus aquosus
Pseudopleuronectes americanus
Caesio cuning
Parupeneus trifasciatus
Manybar Goatfish Parupeneus multifasciatus
Parupeneus multifasciatus
Mullus surmuletus
Gobius cobitis
Epinephelus panamensis
Hexagrammos decagrammus
Hexagrammos lagocephalus
Hexagrammos stellei
Mycteroperca bonaci
Epinephelus fasciatus
Cephalopholis fulva
Cephalophis miniata
Epinephelus spilotoceps
Mycteroperca microlepis
Epinephelus itajara
Cephalopholis cruentata
Epinephelus hexagonatus
Epinephelus merra
Mycteroperca rubra
Epinephelus striatus
Epinephelus quinquefasciatus
Peacock Grouper Cephalopholis argus
Cephalopholis argus
Epinephelus morio
Epinephelus guttatus
Epinephelus adscensionis
Mycteroperca phenax
Hyporthodus niveatus
Epinephelus macrospilos
Epinephelus drummondhayi
Epinephelus analogus Spotted Grouper
Epinephelus analogus
Hyporthodus niphobles
Epinephelus labriformis
Mycteroperca tigris
Epinephelus nigritus
Hyporthodus flavolimbatus
Yellowmouth Grouper Mycteroperca interstitialis
Mycteroperca interstitialis
Conodon serrifer
Haemulon sciurus
Orthopristis reddingi
Haemulon carbonarium
Cortez Grunt Haemulon flaviguttatum
Haemulon flaviguttatum
Haemulon melanurum
Elongate Grunt Haemulopsis elongatus
Haemulopsis elongatus
Haemulon flavolineatum
Haemulon sexfasciatum
Humpback Grunt Microlepidotus brevipinnis
Microlepidotus brevipinnis
Xenichthys xanti
Mojarra Grunt - Haemulon scudderi
Haemulon scudderi
Haemulon parra
Shining Grunt - Haemulopsis nitidus
Haemulopsis nitidus
Haemulon chrysargyreum
Haemulon macrostomum
Haemulon maculicauda
Anisotremus dovii Spotted Head Sargo
Anisotremus dovii
Haemulon aurolineatum
Haemulon plumieri
Anisotremus davidsonii
Terapon jarbua
Rhinobatos lentiginosus
Rhinobatos productus
Eutrigla gurnardus
Melanogrammus aeglefinus
Merluccius bilinearis Silver Hake
Merluccius bilinearis
Urophycis regia
Urophycis chuss
American Halfbeak Hyporhamphus meeki
Hyporhamphus meeki
Hyporhamphus gilli
Medialuna californiensis
Paralichthys californicus
Hippoglossus stenolepis
Alphestes immaculatus
Alphestes multiguttatus
Sphyrna mokarran
Cirrhitus rivulatus
Cirrhitus pinnulatus
Atlantic Herring Clupea harengus
Clupea harengus
Opisthonema oglinum
Clupea pallasii
Pareques acuminatus
Cephalophis urodeta
Cephalopholis angus
Trinectes maculatus
Lachnolaimus maximus
Bodianus rufus
Caranx hippos
Caranx caninus
Seriola rivoliana
Caranx ruber
Caranx lugubris
Seriola peruana
Caranx caballus
Caranx latus
Carangoides otrynter Threadfin Jack
Carangoides otrynter
Carangoides Bartholomaei
Atherinopsis californiensis
Aprion virescens
Aphareus furca
Gibbonsia elegans
Elops saurus
Ophiodon elongatus
Invasive Red Lionfish Pterois volitans
Pterois volitans
Euthynnus alletteratus
Synodus lucioceps
Synodus foetens
Synodus dermatogenys
Synodus intermedius
Synodus lacertinus Sauro Lizardfish
Synodus lacertinus
Synodus binotatus
Selene vomer
Scomber scombrus
Scomberomorus regalis
Scomber japonicus
Scomberomorus cavalla
Trachurus symmetricus
Sierra Mackeral
Scomberomorus sierra
Scomberomorus maculatus
Atlantic Chub Mackerel Scomber colias
Scomber colias
Anisotremus surinamensis
Makaira nigricans
Kajikia audax
White Marlin Kajikia albidus
Kajikia albidus
Brevoortia tyrannus
Brevoortia smithi
Chanos chanos
Diapterus rhombeus
Eucinostomus melanopterus
Diapterus auratus
Eucinostomus currani
Diapterus peruvianus
Eucinostomus gula
Diapterus plumieri
Gerres cinereus
Arabian Monocle Bream Scolopsis ghanam
Scolopsis ghanam
Selene setapinnis
Selene peruviana
Gymnothorax mordax
Gymnothorax funebris
Muraena clepsydra
Gymnothorax castaneus
Gimnothorax vicinus
Gymnothorax maderensis
Gymnothorax moringa
Gymnothorax flavimarginatus
White Mullet Mugil curema
Mugil curema
Strongylura marina
Strongylura exilis
Belone belone
Tylosurus crocodilus
Tylosurus acus
Keeltail Needlefish Platybelone argalus
Platybelone argalus
Strongylura notata
Strongylura strongulura
Strongylura timucu
Strongylura scapularis
Girella nigricans
Trachinotus goodei
Common Pandora Pagellus erythrinus
Pagellus erythrinus
Blue parrotfish Scarus coeruleus
Scarus coeruleus
Sparisoma cretense
Scarus coelestinus Midnight Parrotfish
Scarus coelestinus
Scarus taeniopterus
Scarus guacamaia
Sparisoma aurofrenatum
Sparisoma chrysopterum
Sparisoma viride
Scarus iserti
Brachyistius frenatus
Diplectrum formosum
Shiner Perch Cymatogaster aggregata
Cymatogaster aggregata
Bairdiella chrysoura
Hermosilla azurea Zebra Perch
Hermosilla azurea
Trachinotus falcatus
Orthopristis chrysoptera
Harengula clupeola
Naucrates ductor
Lagodon rhomboides
Diplodus holbrookii
Pollachius pollachius
Walleye Pollock Gadus chalcogrammus
Gadus chalcogrammus
Alectis ciliaris
Trachinotus carolinus
Trachinotus rhodopus
Trachinotus ovatus
Diodon holocanthus
Diodon hystrix
Calamus arctifrons
Calamus bajonado
Calamus nodosus
Calamus proridens
Longspine Porgy Stenotomus caprinus
Stenotomus caprinus
Calamus brachysomus Pacific Porgy
Calamus brachysomus
Calamus pennatula
Pagrus pagrus
Calamus calamus
Calamus penna
Silver Porgy Diplodus argenteus
Diplodus argenteus
Evynnis cardinalis
Anisotremus virginicus
Anisotremus taeniatus
Zoarces americanus
Labrus mixtus
Snake Prickleback Lumpenus sagitta
Lumpenus sagitta
Sphoeroides Spengleri
Sphoeroides annulatus
Canthigaster rostrata
Sphoeroides testudineus
Takifugu poecilonotus
Takifugu niphobles
Arothron meleagris
Sphoeroides lobatus Longnose Puffer
Sphoeroides lobatus
Sphoeroides maculatus
Sphoeroides rosenblatti Oval Puffer
Sphoeroides rosenblatti
Lagocephalus laevigatus
Sphoeroides nephelus
Stripebelly Puffer Arothron stellatus
Arothron hispidus
Arothron hispidus
Scomberoides lysan
Scomberoides commersonnianus
 Hydrolagus colliei Spotted Ratfish
Hydrolagus colliei
Myliobatis californica
Rhinoptera bonasus
Haller's Round Ray Urolophus halleri
Urolophus halleri
Pearly Razorfish Xyrichtys novacula
Xyrichtys novacula
Acadian Redfish Sebastes fasciatus
Sebastes fasciatus
Echeneis naucrates
Remora Osteochir
Echeneis neucratoides
Sebastes melanops
Sebastes chrysomelas
Sebastes mystinus
Bocaccio Rockfish Sebastes paucispinis
Sebastes paucispinis
Sebastes auriculatus
Brown Rockfish Sebastes auriculatus
Sebastes auriculatus
Sebastes dalli
Sebastes pinniger
Sebastes nebulosus
Copper Rockfish Sebastes caurinus
Sebastes caurinus
Sebastes marmoratus
Sebastes rubrivinctus
Sebastes carnatus
Sebastes rastrelliger
Halfbanded Rockfish Sebastes semicinctus
Sebastes semicinctus
Sebastes atrovirens
Sebastes serranoides
Quillback Rockfish Sebastes maliger
Sebastes maliger
Sebastes rosaceus
Shortraker Rockfish Sebastis borealis
Sebastis borealis
Sebastes brevispinis
Sebastes hopkinsi Squarespot Rockfish
Sebastes hopkinsi
Sebastes nigrocinctus Tiger Rockfish
Sebastes nigrocinctus
Sebastes miniatus
Sebastes ruberrimus)
Sebastes flavidus
Nematistius pectoralis
Helicolenus dactylopterus
Seriola zonata
Caranx crysos
Elagatis bipinnulata
Isiophorus Albicans
Seriola hippos
Citharichthys sordidus
Selar crumenophthalmus
Selar boops
Decapterus tabl
Decapterus punctatus
Atule mate
Lutjanus apodus
Scombrops oculatus
Scorpaena mystes
Scorpaena porcus
Scorpaena guttata
Scorpaena Grandicornis
Pontinus sp.
Scorpaena plumieri
Enophrys bison
Myoxocephalus polyacanthocephalus
Myoxocephalus octodecemspinosus
Leptocottus armatus
Myoxocephalus scorpius
Stenotomus chrysops
Centropristis striata
Centropristis philadelpica
Diplodus annularis
Archosargus rhomboidalis
Hemitripterus americanus Sea Raven
Hemitripterus americanus
Bighead Searobin
Blackwing Searobin Prionotus rubio
Prionotus rubio
Prionotus scitulus
Northern Sea Robin Prionotus carolinus
Prionotus carolinus
Prionotus evolans
Dicentrarchus labrax
Lateolabrax japonicus
Cynoscion arenarius
Cynoscion nothus
Cynoscion nebulosus
Northern Sennet Sphyraena borealis
Sphyraena borealis
Sphyraena picudilla
Abudefduf saxatilis
Rhizoprionodon terraenovae
Carcharhinus acronotus Blacknose Shark
Carcharhinus acronotus
Carcharhinus limbatus
Prionace glauca
Sphyrna tiburo
Mustelus henlei
Carcharhinus leucas
Carcharhinus brachyurus
Carcharhinus obscurus
Carcharhinus isodon
Negaprion brevirostris
Triakis semifasciata
Ginglymostoma cirratum
Sand Tiger Shark Carcharias taurus
Carcharias taurus
Carcharhinus plumbeus
Sphyrna lewini
Notorynchus cepedianus
Isurus oxyrinchus
Carcharhinus falciformis
Mustelus canis
Carcharhinus brevipinna
Squalus acanthias
Galeocerdo cuvier
Archosargus probatocephalus
Semicossyphus pulcher
Raja binoculata
Raja eglanteria
Raja erinacea
Eleotris picta
Trachinocephalus Myops
Apsilus dentatus
Lutjanes buccanella
Lutjanus fulvus
Lutjanus viridis
Lutjanus colorado
Lutjanus cyanopterus
Lutjanus jocu
Lutjanus inermis Golden Snapper
Lutjanus inermis
Lutjanus synagris
Lutjanus Mahogoni
Lutjanus griseus
Lutjanus argentimaculatus
Hoplopagrus guentherii
Lutjanus aratus
Lutjanus analis
Lutjanus novemfasciatus
Lutjanus peru
Queen Snapper Etelis oculatus
Etelis oculatus
Lutjanus campechanus
Lutjanus russellii
Lutjanus vivanus
Lutjanus guttatus
Lutjanus bohar
Rhomboplites aurorubens
Yellow Snapper Pargo Amarillo
Lutjanus argentiventris
Ocyurus chrysurus
Lutjanus argentiventris Yellow Snapper
Lutjanus argentiventris
Centropomus undecimalis
Centropomus paralleulus
Rypticus maculatus Whitespotted Soapfish
Rypticus maculatus
Ostichthys trachypoma
Dover Sole Microstomus pacificus
Microstomus pacificus
Parophrys vetulus
Fantail Sole Xystreurys liolepis
Xystreurys liolepis
Lepidopsetta polyxystra
Lepidopsetta bilineata
Psettichthys melanostictus
Limanda aspera
Chaetodipterus faber
Leiostomus xanthurus
Holocentrus adscensionis
Holocentrus marianus
Sargocentron suborbitalis
Astroscopus guttatus
Astroscopus y-graecum
Dasyatis sabina
Dasyatis say
Urobatis halleri
Dasyatis americana
Urobatis jamaicensis
Amphistichus argenteus
Embiotoca jacksoni
Rhacochilus vacca
Hypsurus caryi
Redtail Surfperch - Amphistichus rhodoterus
Amphistichus rhodoterus
Rhacochilus toxotes
Cymatogaster aggregata
Silver Surfperch Hyperprosopon ellipticum
Hyperprosopon ellipticum
Hyperprosopon anale
Embiotoca lateralis
Hyperprosopon argenteum
White Surfperch Phanerodon furcatus
Phanerodon furcatus
Acanthurus bahianus
Acanthurus xanthopterus
Plectorhinchus cinctus
Xiphias gladius
Acanthurus chirurgus
Megalops atlanticus
Megalops cyprinoides
Tautoga onitis
Nemipterus Hexodon
Barbu Polydactylus virginicus
Polydactylus virginicus
Polydactylus sexfilis Sixfinger Threadfin
Polydactylus sexfilis
Caulolatilus cyanops
Caulolatilus microps
Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps
Caulolatilus affinis
Malacanthus plumieri
Malacanthus plumieri
Opsanus beta
Opsanus tau
Lagocephalus sceleratus
Batrachoides waltersi
Torquigener pleurogramma
Pacific Tomcod Microgadus proximus
Microgadus proximus
Sebastes serriceps
Caranx sexfasciatus
Caranx melampygus
Pseudocaranx dinjerra - Dinjerra Trevally
Pseudocaranx dinjerra
Caranx ignobilis
Melichthys niger
Sufflamen bursa
Sufflamen fraenatum
Balistes polylepsis
Balistes capriscus
Canthidermis sufflamen
Balistapus undulatus
Sufflamen verres
pinktail triggerfish
Melichthys vidua
Balistes vetula
Canthidermis maculata
Canthidermis maculatus
Rhinecanthus rectangulus
Lobotes surinamensis
Aulostomus maculatus
Lactophrys trigonus
Lactophrys triqueter
Lactophrys bicaudalis
Thunnus thynnus
Sarda Sarda
Thunnus obesus
Euthynnus lineatus
Thunnus atlanticus
Auxis rochei
Auxis thazard
Euthynnus affinis Mackeral Tuna
Euthynnus affinis
Katsuwonus pelamis
Thunnus albacares
Diamond Turbot Hypsopsetta guttulata
Hypsopsetta guttulata
Naso brevirostris
Naso hexacanthus
Wahoo Acanthocybium solandri
Acanthocybium solandri
Cynoscion regalis
Cynoscion parvipinnis
wenchman
Pristipomoides aquilonaris
Caulolatilus princeps
Menticirrhus littoralis
Sillago japonica
Menticirrhus saxatilis
Menticirrhus Americanus
Sillago vittata
Anarhichas lupus Atlantic Wolffish
Anarhichas lupus
Pseudolabrus fucicola
Thalassoma bifasciatum
Halichoeres dispilus Chameleon Wrasse
Halichoeres dispilus
Thalassoma lucasanum
Labrus mixtus
Parajulis poecilepterus
Halichores caudalis
Halichoeres radiatus
Halichoeres semicinctus
Halichoeres nicholsi
surge wrasse
Thalassoma purpureum
California California Yellowtail Seriola lalandi
Seriola lalandi

Micro

Anchoa mitchilli
Anchoa lyolepis
Striped Anchovy Anchoa hepsetus
Anchoa hepsetus
Gerres oyena
Downy Blenny Labrisomus kalisherae
Labrisomus kalisherae
Malacoctenus ebisui
Labrisomus nuchipinnis
Labrisomas xanti
Paraclinus Marmoratus
Molly Miller Blenny Scartella cristata
Scartella cristata
Labrisomus multiporosus
Labrisomus bucciferus
Rock-pool Blenny Parablennius parvicornis
Parablennius parvicornis
Blennius sanguinolentus
Chasmodes bosquianus
Boops boops
Pentapodus vitta
Apogon maculatus
Apogon imberbis
Pink Cardinalfish Apogon pacificus
Apogon pacificus
Neopomacentrus taeniurus
Coris venusta
Stegastes leucostictus
Stegastes leucostictus
Cocoa Damselfish Stegastes variabilis
Stegastes variabilis
Abudefduf abdominalis
Longfin Damselfish Stegastes diencaeus
Stegastes diencaeus
Chromis chromis
Stegastes marginatus
Abudefduf sexfasciatus
Dascyllus Trimaculatus
callionymus lyra
Estuarine Frillfin Bathygobius andrei
Bathygobius andrei
Neoclinus uninotatus
Gambusia rhizophorae
Vincentia conspersa
Ctenogobius shufeldti
Gobius niger
Gobius bucchichi
Microgobius gulosus Clown Goby
Microgobius gulosus
Lophogogius cyprinoides
Bathygobius soporator
Bathygobius curacao
Bathygobius ramosus
Gobius cruentatus
Gobius paganellus
Pomatochistus minutus
Gobiosoma ginsburgi
Favonigobius gymnauchen
Slender Goby Gobius geniporus
Gobius geniporus
Glossogobius giuris
Glossogobius olivaceus
Oxylebius pictus
Hypoplectrus puella Barred hamlet
Hypoplectrus puella
Hypoplectrus nigricans
Cirrhitops fasciatus
Opisthonema libertate
Gibbonsia montereyensis
Floridichthys carpio
Fundulus similis
Fundulus majalis
Oligoplites saurus
Eucinostomus jonesii
Eucinostomus argenteus
Eucinostomus harengulus
Fundulus heteroclitus
Diplectrum bivittatum Dwarf Sand Perch
Diplectrum bivittatum
Nuchequula gerreoides
Xiphister atropurpureus
Monkeyface prickleback - Cebidichthys violaceus
Cebidichthys violaceus
Xyrichtys martinicensis
Acanthoclinus Fuscus New Zealand Olive Rockfish
Acanthoclinus Fuscus
Sebastes emphaeus Puget Sound Rockfish
Sebastes emphaeus
Dialommus macrocephalus Foureye Rockskipper
Dialommus macrocephalus
Speckled Sand Dab Citharichthys stigmaeus
Citharichthys stigmaeus
Serranus subligarius
Harengula humeralis Redear Sardine
Harengula humeralis
Harengula Jaguana
Sardinella aurita
Decapterus macarellus
Fluffy Sculpin Oligocottus snyderi
Oligocottus snyderi
Longfine sculpin Jordania zonope
Jordania zonope
Artedius fenestralis Padded Sculpin
Artedius fenestralis
Ascelichthys rhodorus
Chitonotus pugetensis Roughback Sculpin
Chitonotus pugetensis
Smoothhead Sculpin Artedius lateralis
Artedius lateralis
Oligocottus maculatus
Clinocottus analis
Long-spined Sea Scorpion Taurulus bubalis
Taurulus bubalis
Serranus psittacinus
Atherinomorus stipes
Hypoatherina harringtonensis
Tidewater Silverside, Menidia peninsulae
Menidia peninsulae
Gobiesox strumosus
Hypomesus pretiosus
Lobefin Snailfish Polypera greeni
Polypera greeni
Siganus canaliculatus
Spotty Notolabrus Celidotus
Notolabrus Celidotus
Micrometrus minimus
Micrometrus aurora
Symphurus plagiusa
Symphodus bailloni
Halichoeres poeyi
Halichoeres nigrescens
Thalassoma trilobatum
Cheilio inermis
Halichoeres maculipinna
Coris julis
Thalassoma pavo
Thalassoma duperrey
Oxyjulis californica
Halichoeres bivittatus
Symphodus roissali
Halichoeres garnoti