Beautiful Fishes

Beautiful Fishes

 

Mandarinfish (Synchiropus splendidus)

Mandarinfish

Coral reef fish

Coral reef fish

Pterois volitans

Lionfish

Dendrochirus zebra

Dwarf Lionfish

Deep Sea Creatures

Deep Sea Creatures

 

Mandarinfish (Synchiropus splendidus)

The mandarinfish or mandarin dragonet (Synchiropus splendidus), is a small, brightly colored member of the dragonet family, which is popular in the saltwater aquarium trade. The mandarinfish is native to the Pacific, ranging approximately from the Ryukyu Islands south to Australia.(Wikipedia)


Mandarinfish (Synchiropus splendidus)   Mandarinfish (Synchiropus splendidus)

Left: Mandarinfish (Synchiropus splendidus) in aquarium-Muséum Liège (Belgium)
Right: Mandarinfish (Synchiropus splendidus) in aquarium-Muséum Liège (Belgium)

Mandarinfish (Synchiropus splendidus)   Mandarin Dragonet (Synchiropus splendidus)

Left: Mandarinfish (Synchiropus splendidus) Océanopolis Aquarium in Brest (Brittany, France)
Right: Synchiropus splendidus, Callionymidae, Mandarin Dragonet Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Karlsruhe, Germany.

Mandarin Dragonet (Synchiropus splendidus)   Synchiropus splendidus, Callionymidae, Mandarin Dragonet

Left: Mandarin Dragonet (Synchiropus splendidus) in Pittsburgh Zoo
Right: Synchiropus splendidus, Callionymidae, Mandarin Dragonet Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Karlsruhe, Germany.

Mandarinfisch, Synchiropus splendidus   A drowing of Mandarinfish

Left: Mandarinfisch, Synchiropus splendidus in aquarium
Right: A drowing of Mandarinfish

Mandarin Fish (Synchiropus splendidus) - mating   Mandarin Fish

Left: Mandarin Fish (Synchiropus splendidus) - mating
Right: Mandarin fish One of the most colorful,sought after and beautiful subjects of underwater macrophotography in the world.

Synchiropus splendidus   Pair of Mandarin Fish

Left: Synchiropus splendidus, Palaos
Right: Pair of Mandarin Fish

 

 

Coral reef fish

Coral reef fish are fish which live amongst or in close relation to coral reefs. Coral reefs form complex ecosystems with tremendous biodiversity. Among the myriad inhabitants, the fish stand out as colourful and interesting to watch. Hundreds of species can exist in a small area of a healthy reef, many of them hidden or well camouflaged. Reef fish have developed many ingenious specialisations adapted to survival on the reefs.
Coral reefs occupy less than one percent of the surface area of the world oceans, but still they provide a home for 25 percent of all marine fish species. Reef habitats are a sharp contrast to the open water habitats that make up the other 99% of the world oceans.
However, loss and degradation of coral reef habitat, increasing pollution, and overfishing including the use of destructive fishing practices, are threatening the survival of the coral reefs and the associated reef fish. (Wikipedia)


Coral reef fish

Coral reef fish

Coral reef fish

Coral reef fish

Coral reef fish

Coral reef fish

 

 

 

Pterois (Lionfish)

Pterois is a genus of venomous marine fish, commonly known as lionfish, native to the Indo-Pacific. Pterois, also called zebrafish, firefish, turkeyfish or butterfly-cod, is characterized by conspicuous warning coloration with red, white, creamy, or black bands, showy pectoral fins, and venomous spiky fin rays. Pterois radiata, Pterois volitans, and Pterois miles are the most commonly studied species in the genus. Pterois species are popular aquarium fish. P. volitans and P. miles are a recent and significant invasive species in the west Atlantic, Caribbean Sea and Mediterranean Sea. (Wikipedia)


Pterois volitans (Red lionfish, Common lionfish)

The red lionfish (Pterois volitans) is a venomous coral reef fish in the family Scorpaenidae, order Scorpaeniformes. P. volitans is natively found in the Indo-Pacific region, but has become an invasive problem in the Caribbean Sea, as well as along the East Coast of the United States. This and a similar species, Pterois miles, have both been deemed as invasive species. Red lionfish are clad in white stripes alternated with red/maroon/brown stripes. Adults in this species can grow as large as 47 cm (18.5 in) in length, making it one of the largest species of lionfish in the ocean, while juveniles are typically shorter than 1 inch (2.5 cm). The average red lionfish lives around 10 years. As with many species within the Scopaenidae family, it has large, venomous spines that protrude from the body, similar to a mane, giving it the common name lionfish. The venomous spines make the fish inedible or deter most potential predators. Lionfish reproduce monthly and are able to quickly disperse during their larval stage for expansion of their invasive region. No definitive predators of the lionfish are known, and many organizations are promoting the harvest and consumption of lionfish in efforts to prevent further increases in the already high population densities. (wikipedia)

Red lionfish (Pterois volitans)   Pterois volitans (rascasse)

Left: Red lionfish (Pterois volitans) near Gilli Banta Island (near Komodo, Indonesia)
Right: Pterois volitans (rascasse)

Pterois volitans   Pterois volitans (common lionfish)

Left: Pterois volitans Thailand Koh Phi Phi & Lanta scuba diving.
Right: Pterois volitans, also known as red or common lionfish. Picture taken at Tasik Ria, Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Pterois volitans (Lionfish)   Red lionfish (Pterois volitans)

Left: Pterois volitans (Lionfish)
Right: Red lionfish (Pterois volitans) at Zoo Duisburg, Germany.

Pterois miles (Devil firefish, Common lionfish)

The common lionfish (Pterois miles), also known as the devil firefish, is a species of ray-finned fish native to the western Indo-Pacific region. The common lionfish is frequently confused with its close relative, the red lionfish (Pterois volitans). The scientific name is from Greek pteron, meaning "wing," and Latin miles, meaning "soldier." (wikipedia)

Common lionfish (Pterois miles)   Common lionfish (Pterois miles)

Left: Common lionfish (Pterois miles) at Shaab El Erg reef in the Egyptian Red Sea
Right: Common lionfish (Pterois miles) at Shaab Angosh reef, Egyptian Red Sea

Common Lionfish (Pterois miles)   Lionfish at the Niagara Falls Aviary

Left: Common Lionfish (Pterois miles) near Marsa Alam (Red Sea), Egypt.
Right: Lionfish at the Niagara Falls Aviary..

Common Lionfish (Pterois miles)   Red sea pterois miles lionfish

Left: Common Lionfish (Pterois miles) near Marsa Alam, Egypt.
Right: Red sea pterois miles lionfish Dahab, Egypt

 

INVASIVE LIONFISH

Lionfish (Pterois volitans, Pterois miles), venomous fishes native to the Indo-Pacific and Red Sea, are the first invasive species of fish to establish themselves in the Western Atlantic.
When it comes to the invasive lionfish, say NOAA scientists, ‘If we can’t beat them, let’s eat them!’.
The lionfish, a longstanding showstopper in home aquariums, is a flourishing invasive species in U.S. Southeast and Caribbean coastal waters. One way to help keep the growing numbers of this invasive species at bay: eat more lionfish.

Lionfish in the sanctuary   A large lionfish on the reef at West Flower Garden Bank.   A lionfish spotted at Sonnier Bank   lionfish actually blend into their reef surroundings quite well  

1. This lionfish was spotted in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in August 2012.
2. A large lionfish on the reef at West Flower Garden Bank
3. A lionfish spotted at Sonnier Bank
4. Despite their distinctive coloration and markings, lionfish actually blend into their reef surroundings quite well.

 

Pterois radiata (Clearfin lionfish)

The clearfin lionfish, tailbar lionfish, radiata lionfish, or radial firefish (Pterois radiata) is a carnivorous, ray-finned fish with venomous spines that lives in the Indian and western Pacific Oceans. This is the only lionfish species which has spines without any markings. It can also be recognized by the pair of horizontal white stripes on its caudal peduncle. (wikipedia)

Clearfin lionfish (Pterois radiata)   Clearfin lionfish (Pterois radiata)

Left: Clearfin lionfish (Pterois radiata)
Right: Clearfin lionfish (Pterois radiata)

Clearfin lionfish (Pterois radiata)   Clearfin lionfish (Pterois radiata)

Left: Clearfin lionfish (Pterois radiata) Under the rock in the background a Giant Moray (Gymnothorax Javanicus).
Right: Clearfin lionfish (Pterois radiata)

Pterois antennata (Spotfin lionfish)

The spotfin lionfish or broadbarred firefish, Pterois antennata, is a fish found in the tropical Indian and Western Pacific Oceans; it grows to a maximum of 20 cm (8 in) and, like other lionfish, has venomous spiny dorsal fins. Its typical habitat is in lagoons and reefs, where it hides during the day and hunts shrimp and crab at night. (wikipedia)

Pterois antennata   Ragged-finned firefish (Pterois antennata)

Left: Antennata Lionfish in Zoo Schönbrunn, Vienna, Austria.
Right: Ragged-finned firefish (Pterois antennata)

Pterois antennata im Aquazoo   Antennen-Feuerfisch (Pterois antennata)

Left: Pterois antennata im Aquazoo Löbbecke Museum in Düsseldorf.
Right: Antennen-Feuerfisch (Pterois antennata) Tierpark Hagenbeck in Hamburg.

 

Additional Lionfish Images

A lionfish (Pterois volitans)

A lionfish (Pterois volitans) Egypt's Red Sea.

Red Volitan Lionfish

Red Volitan Lionfish

Red lionfish (Pterois volitans)

Red lionfish (Pterois volitans)

Lionfish (Pterois volitans)

Lionfish (Pterois volitans)

Lion Fish

Lion Fish

Lion Fish (Pterois lunulata)

Lion Fish (Pterois lunulata) Tokyo.

Lion Fish

Lion Fish in the Caribbean.

Lionfish

Lionfish in coral reef.

Lionfish

Lionfish in the British Virgin Islands.

Lionfish

Lionfish

Lionfish

Lionfish

Lionfish

Lionfish

Pterois mombasae (Frillfin Turkeyfish)

Pterois mombasae (Frillfin Turkeyfish)

Design Lionfish

Design Lionfish

Lionfish painting

Lionfish painting

 

 

Dendrochirus (Dwarf Lionfish)

Dendrochirus is a genus of scorpionfishes that are mostly known as dwarf lionfishes. They are native to the Indian and Pacific oceans. The Fu Manchu, Dwarf Zebra, and Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish are members of this genus. They are also popular aquarium fish. (Wikipedia)


Dendrochirus zebra (Zebra Lionfish, Zebra Turkeyfish)

Dendrochirus zebra, known commonly as the Zebra turkeyfish or Zebra lionfish among other vernacular names, is a species of marine fish in the family Scorpaenidae.
Zebra turkeyfishes are widespread throughout the tropical waters of the Indo-West Pacific including the Red Sea. (Wikipedia)

Zebra Dwarf Lionfish   Dendrochirus zebra

Left: Zebra Dwarf Lionfish Dahab, Sinai Peninsula in Egypt
Right: Dendrochirus zebra

Zebra Turkeyfish (Dendrochirus zebra)   Zebra Lionfish (Dendrochirus zebra)

Left: Zebra Turkeyfish (Dendrochirus zebra) Aer Prang, Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi, INDONESIA
Right: Zebra Lionfish (Dendrochirus zebra) Musée Océanographique de Monaco

Dendrochirus biocellatus (Fu Manchu Lionfish, Twospot Turkeyfish)

Dendrochirus biocellatus, known commonly as the twospot turkeyfish or ocellated lionfish among other vernacular names, is a species of marine fish in the family Scorpaenidae. The twospot turkeyfish is widespread throughout the tropical waters of the Indo-West Pacific region, and it grows up to 13 centimetres (5.1 in) in length. In the wild, the species eats small fish as well as shrimp. (Wikipedia)

Two-eyed Lionfish (Dendrochirus biocellatus)   Fu Manchu Lionfish

Left: Two-eyed Lionfish (Dendrochirus biocellatus)
Right: Fu Manchu Lionfish

Fu Manchu lionfish (Dendrochirus biocellatus) Video   Twospot turkeyfish (Dendrochirus biocellatus) Video

Left: View the Video Fu Manchu lionfish (Dendrochirus biocellatus)
Right: View the Video Twospot turkeyfish (Dendrochirus biocellatus) in the zoo of Wuppertal, Germany.

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Fu Manchu lionfish (Dendrochirus biocellatus)   Twospot turkeyfish (Dendrochirus biocellatus)

 

Dendrochirus brachypterus (Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish, Shortfin Turkeyfish)

Dendrochirus brachypterus, known commonly as the shortfin turkeyfish or dwarf lionfish among other vernacular names, is a species of marine fish in the family Scorpaenidae.
Shortfin turkeyfish is widespread throughout the tropical waters of the Indo-West Pacific, Red Sea included. (Wikipedia)

Dendrochirus brachypterus, Shortfin turkeyfish   Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish (dendrochirus brachypterus)

Left: Dendrochirus brachypterus, Shortfin turkeyfish
Right: Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish (dendrochirus brachypterus)

Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish (Shortfin Turkeyfish)   Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish

Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish (Shortfin Turkeyfish)     Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish

Dendrochirus barberi (Hawaiian Lionfish)

Dendrochirus barberi, the Hawaiian lionfish, is a dwarf lionfish from the Eastern Central Pacific. It occasionally makes its way into the aquarium trade. It grows to a size of 16.5cm in length.

Dendrochirus barberi   Dendrochirus barberi. Hawaiian lionfish

Left: Dendrochirus barberi Hawaiian Lionfish at the Waikiki Aquarium
Right: Dendrochirus barberi. Hawaiian lionfish

Dwarf Lionfish

Dwarf Lionfish   Dendrochirus sp., either D. brachypterus or D. bellus, in UShaka Sea World

Dwarf Lionfish     Dendrochirus sp., either D. brachypterus or D. bellus, in UShaka Sea World

 

 

Deep Sea Creatures

Weird Deep Sea Creaturess

Weird Deep Sea Creatures

Weird Deep Sea Creatures.

Image source: Multiple sources

Deep Sea Creatures

Deep Sea Creatures

National Geographic Link: Photo Gallery: Deep Sea Creatures.

Image source: National Geographic

View the National Geographic Videos of Deep Sea Creatures at youtube.com
Strange Deep Sea Creatures Sea Animal National Geographic Documentary 2015 (40 minutes)
National Geographic Amazing Creatures & Fish of the Deep Ocean Sea (41 minutes)

 

The strange creatures NOAA found at the bottom of the sea


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Creatures of the Deep


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Top 10 Recently Discovered DEEP SEA Creatures


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Beautiful Deep Sea Alien Life Creatures


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