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Wakatobi Marine Life

There is no shortage of fish species to observe and photograph during your diving holiday at Wakatobi. During a single trip, one Wakatobi guest, Dieter Grage, observed and recorded 426 different species of fish alone. He never went below 15 meters during any dive! While this list is not all of the fish that inhabit the Wakatobi region, it represents those most commonly seen.

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Common Name Latin Name
Ambon Damsel Pomacentrus amboinensis
Anchor Tuskfish Choerodon anchorago
Arrow Goby Ptereleotris evides
Arrowhead Soapfish Belonoperca chabanaudi
Banana fusilier Pterocaesio pisang
Banda-clow Blenny Ecsenius bandanus
Banded Maori Wrasse Cheilinus fasciatus
Banded Pipefish Doryhamphus dactyliophorus
Banded Sergeant Abudefduf septemfasciatus
Banded Thicklip Wrasse Hemigymnus fasciatus
Barhead Damsel Neoglyphydodon thoracotaeniatus
Barramundi Cromileptes altivelis
Barred Filefish Cantherhinus dumerilii
Bath's Clown Blenny Ecsenius bathi
Beaufort's Crocodilfish Cymbacephalus beauforti
Bennett's Butterflyfish Chaetodon bennetti
Bennett's Pufferfish Canthigaster bennetti
Bicolor Angelfish Centropyge bicolor
Bicolor Chromis Chromis margaritifer
Bicolor Parrotfish Cetoscarus bicolor
Bicolor Wrasse Labroides bicolor
Bigeye Emperor Monotaxis grandoculus
Bigeye Trevally Caranx sexfasciatus
Bignose Unicornfish Naso vlamingii
Bird Wrasse Gomphosus varius
Black and White Snapper Macolor macularis
Black Anemonefish Amphiprion melanopus
Black Snapper Macolor niger
Black Triggerfish Melichthys niger
Blackback Butterflyfish Chaetodon melannotus
Blackbar Chromis Chromis retrofasciata
Blackbarred Sandperch Parapercis tetracantha
Blackbelly Triggerfish Rhunecanthus verrucosus
Blackbelted Cardinalfish Archamia zosterophora
Black-ear Wrasse Halichoeres melasmapomus
Black-headed Filefish Pervagor melanocephalus
Blackspot Cardinalfish Archamia melasma
Blackspot Cleaner Wrasse Labroides pectoralis
Blackspot Emperor Lethrinus harak
Black-Spotted Pufferfish Arothron nigropunctatus
Black-Tail Grubfish Parapercis hexopthalma
Blacktail Sergeant Abudefduf lorenzi
Blacktail Snapper Lutjanus fulvus
Black-tailed Dascyllus Dascyllus melanurus
Black-tipped Grouper Epinephelus fasciatus
Black-vent Damsel Dischistodus melanotus
Bleeker's Parrotfish Chlorurus bleekeri
Blotched Porcupinefish Diodon liturosus
Blue Blanquillo Malacanthus latovittatus
Blue bridle Parrotfish Scarus dimidiatus
Blue Devil Chrysiptera cyanea
Blue Ribbon Eel Rhinomuraena quaesita
Blue Triggerfish Pseudobalistes fuscus
Bluebarred Parrotfish Scarus ghobban
Blue-face Angelfish Pomacanthus xanthometopon
Bluefin Trevally Caranx melampygus
Blue-girdled Angelfish Pomacanthus navarchus
Bluelined Coral Grouper Plectropomus oligacanthus
Bluelined Surgeonfish Acanthurus nubilus
Blue-Ribbon Wrasse Stethojulis trilineata
Blueside Wrasse Cirrhilabrus cyanopleura
Bluespine Unicornfish Naso unicornis
Bluespot mullet Moolgarda seheli
Blue-spotted Grouper Cephalopholis cyanostigma
Bluespotted ribbontail ray Taeniura lymma
Blue-Streak Cleaner Wrasse Labroides dimidiatus
Bluestripe Snapper Lutjanus kasmira
Bluestriped Cave Goby Trimma tevegae
Boomerang Triggerfish Sufflamen bursa
Broadstriped Cardinalfish Apogon nigrofasciatus
Brown Tang Zebrasoma scopas
Brown-barred Goby Amblygobius phalaena
Bullhead Parrotfish Chlorurus sordidus
Bumphead Parrotfish Bolbometopon muricatum
Canary Wrasse Halichoeres chrysus
Celebes Wrasse Oxycheilinus celebecus
Chainlined Wrasse Halichoeres richmondi
Chameleon Parrotfish Scarus chameleon
Checkerboard Wrasse Halichoeres hortulanus
Checkered Snapper Lutjanus decussatus
Cheek-Line Maori Wrasse Oxycheilinus digrammus
Chevroned Butterflyfish Chaetodon trifascialis
Chisel-Tooth Wrasse Pseudodax moluccanus
Cigar Wrasse Cheilio inermis
Clark's Anemonefish Amphiprion clarkii
Clouded Wrasse Halichoeres nebulosus
Clown Anemonefish Amphiprion ocellaris
Clown Triggerfish Balistoides conspicillum
Common lionfish Pterois volitans
Common Porcupinefish Diodon hystrix
Convict Blenny Pholydichthys leucotaenia
Convict Tang Acanthurus triostegus
Copper Sweeper Pempheris oualensis
Coral Grouper Cephalophilis miniata
Coral Rabbitfish Siganus corallinus
Crescent-banded Grunter Terapon jarbua
Crescent-tail bigeye Priacanthus hamrur
Crimson soldierfish Myripristis murdjan
Crocodile needlefish Tylosurus crocodilus
Cross-hatch Butterflyfish Chaetodon xanthurus
Crown Squirrelfish Sargocentron diadema
Cylindrical Sandperch Parapercis cylindrica
Dark-fin Chromis Chromis atripes
Dash-Dot Goatfish Parupeneus barberinus
Decorated Dartfish Nemateleotris decora
Denise Pygmy Seahorse Hippocampus denise
Diagonal-banded Sweetlip Plectorhinchus lineatus
Diamond Wrasse Anampses caeruleopunctatus
Diana's Hogfish Bodianus diana
Dogtooth Tuna Gymnosarda unicolor
Dotted Butterflyfish Chaetodon semeion
Doublebar Goatfish Parupeneus bifasciatus
Doublesaddle Butterflyfish Chaetodon ulietensis
Double-spotted Queenfish Scomberoides lysan
Double-striped Dottyback Pseudochromis bitaeniatus
Dusky Dottyback Pseudochromis fuscus
Dusky Parrotfish Scarus niger
Dusky Rabbitfish Siganus fuscescens
Dusky Surgeonfish Acanthurus nigrofuscus
Dusky Wrasse Halichoeres marginatus
Dwarf Hawkfish Cirrhitychthys falco
Ehrenberg's Snapper Lutjanus ehrenbergi
Emperor Angelfish Pomacanthus imperator
Epaulette soldierfish Myripristis kuntee
Exquisite Wrasse Cirrhilabrus exquisitus
Eye-Line Surgeonfish Acanthurus nigricauda
False stonefish Scorpaenopsis diabola
False-eyed Pufferfish Canthigaster papua
Fine-Lined Bristletooth Ctenochaetus striatus
Fine-Spotted Sand Goby Fusigobius neophytus
Five-lined Cardinalfish Cheilodipterus quinquelineatus
Flagtail Kuhlia mugil
Flagtail Blanquillo Malacanthus brevirostris
Flagtail Grouper Cephalopholis urodeta
Flower Grouper Epinephelus fuscogattus
Forster's Hawkfish Paracirrhites forsteri
Foursaddle Grouper Epinephelus spilotoceps
Foxface Rabbitfish Siganus vulpinus
Freckled Goatfish Upeneus tragula
Frigate Tuna Auxis thazard
Giant Dottyback Labracinus Cyclophthalmus
Giant Frogfish Antennarius commersonii
Giant moray Gymnothorax javanicus
Giant Trevally Caranx ignobilis
Glowspot Emperor Gnathodentex aurolineatus
Goldbanded Fusilier Caesio caerulaurea
Golden Cardinalfish Apogon aureus
Golden Damsel Amblyglyphydodon aureus
Golden Rabbitfish Siganus guttatus
Golden Trevally Gnathanodon speciosus
Golden-Head Sleeper Goby Valenciennea strigata
Goldring Bristletooth Ctenochaetus strigosus
Goldspotted Rabbitfish Siganus punctatus
Graceful Prawn Goby Lotilia gracilosa
Great Barracuda Sphyraena barracuda
Green Chromis Chromis viridis
Green-Eyed Dart Goby Ptereleotris microlepis
Green-Face Parrotfish Scarus prasiognathus
Greentailed Wrasse Halichoeres podostigma
Grey-streak lizardfish Synodus dermatogenys
Half and Half Wrasse Hemigymnus melapterus
Half-barred Snapper Lutjanus semicinctus
Halfbeak Hemirhamphus sp.
Halfmoon Triggerfish Sufflamen chrysopterus
Harlequin Sweetlip Plectorhinchus chaetodonoides
Hartzfeld's Cardinalfish Apogon hartzfeldi
Hector's Reef Goby Amblygobius hectori
Highfin Grouper Epinephelus maculatus
Honeycomb Filefish Cantherhinus pardalis
Honeycomb Grouper Epinephelus merra
Honey-head Damsel Dischistodus prosopotaenia
Humbug Damsel Dascyllus aruanus
Humpback Snapper Lutjanus gibbus
Humphead Bannerfish Heniochus varius
Immaculate soldierfish Myripristis vittata
Indian Goatfish Parupeneus indicus
Jansen's Wrasse Thalossoma janseni
Jewelled Blenny Salarias fasciatus
Keyhole Angelfish Centropyge tibicen
King Damsel Chrysiptera rex
Klein's Butterflyfish Chaetodon kleinii
Lamarck's Lyretail Genicanthus lamarck
Large-toothed Cardinalfish Cheilodipterus macrodon
Latticed Butterflyfish Chaetodon rafflesi
Lemon Butterflyfish Chaetodon citrinellus
Lemon Damsel Pomacentrus moluccensis
Leopard Blenny Exallias brevis
Leopard Flounder Bothus pantherinus
Leopard Grouper Cephalopholis leopardus
Leopard Wrasse Macropharyngodon meleagris
Lined Butterflyfish Chaetodon lineolatus
Lined cardinalfish Cheilodipterus artus
Lined Snapper Scolopsis lineata
Lined soapfish Grammistes sexlineatus
Lined Sweetlip Plectorhinchus lessoni
Long-Barbel Goatfish Parupeneus macronema
Longfin Bannerfish Heniochus acuminatus
Longfin Emperor Lethrinus erythropterus
Longnose Butterflyfish Forcipiger longirostris
Longnose Emperor Lethrinus olivaceus
Long-Nose Filefish Oxymonacanthus longirostris
Longnose Hawkfish Oxycirrhites typus
Lori's Anthias Pseudanthias lori
Lunartail Trout Variola louti
Manybar Goatfish Parupeneus multifasciatus
Marbled Grouper Epinephelus polyphekadion
Masked Rabbitfish Siganus puellus
Mesothorax Hogfish Bodianus mesothorax
Meyer's Butterflyfish Chaetodon meyeri
Midnight Angelfish Cenmtropyge nox
Mimic Filefish Paraluteres prionurus
Mimic Surgeonfish Acanthurus pyroferus
Monarch Damsel Dischistodus pseudochrysopoecilus
Moon fusilier Caesio lunaris
Moon Wrasse Thalossoma lunare
Moorish Idol Zanclus cornutus
Mosaic Fusilier Pterocaesio tesselata
Mouthfin squirrelfish Neoniphon opercularis
Multi-barred Angelfish Centropyge multifasciatus
Mushroom Coral Pipefish Siokunichthys nigrolineatus
Napoleonfish Cheilinus Undulatus
Neon Damsel Pomacentrus coelestis
Neon Fusilier Pterocaesio tile
Night Surgeonfish Acanthurus thompsoni
Nose-spots lizardfish Synodus binotatus
Ocellated Dragonet ? Synchiropus ocellatus ?
Ochre-striped Cardinalfish Apogon compressus
One-spot Snapper Lutjanus monostigma
Orangeband Surgeonfish Acanthurus olivaceus
Orangefin Emperor Lethrinus erythracanthus
Orange-Spine Unicornfish Naso lituratus
Orangespotted Trevally Carangoides bajad
Orangestriped Emperor Lethrinus obsoletus
Orangestriped Triggerfish Balistapus undulatus
Oriental sweetlip Plectorhinchus orientalis
Ornate Butterflyfish Chaetodon ornatissimus
Ovalspot Butterflyfish Chaetodon speculum
Pacific Flame Anthias Pseudanthias dispar
Pacific Longnose Parrotfish Hipposcarus longiceps
Pacific Redfin Butterflyfish Chaetodon lunulatus
Pacific Steephead Parrotfish Chlorurus microrhinos
Pacific yellowtail Emperor Lethrinus atkinsoni
Pale Shrimp Goby Ctenogobiops feroculus
Pale Spinecheek Scolopsis affinis
Pale Surgeonfish Acanthurus mata
Pale-tail Chromis Chromis xanthura
Palette Surgeonfish Paracanthurus hepatus
Papuan Scorpionfish Scorpaenopsis papuensis
Pastel Ring Wrasse Hologymnus diliatus
Peacock Grouper Cephalopholis argus
Pearl-scaled Angelfish Centropyge vroliki
Pearly Spinecheek Scolopsis margaritifer
Pellucida Pygmy Goby Eviota pellucida
Pennant Bannerfish Heniochus chrysostomus
Peppered Moray Siderea picta
Philippine Damsel Pomacentrus philippinus
Picasso Triggerfish Rhinecanthus aculeatus
Pictus Blenny Ecsenius pictus
Pig-Face Butterflyfish Chaetodon oxycephalus
Pink Anemonefish Amphiprion perideraion
Pinktail Triggerfish Melichthys vidua
Pinnate Batfish Platax pinnatus
Pinstriped Wrasse Halichoeres melanurus
Point-Head Maori Wrasse Cheilinus oxycephalus
Princess Damsel Pomacentrus vaiuli
Pygmy Seahorse Hippocampus bargibanti
Pygmy Seahorse Hippocampus sp.
Pyramid Butterflyfish Hemitaurichthys polylepis
Quoy's Parrotfish Scarus quoyi
Racoon Butterflyfish Chaetodon lunula
Rainbow runner Elagatis bipinnulata
Rainford's Goby Amblygobius rainfordi
Randall's Prawn Goby Amblyleotris randalli
Razorfish Aeoliscus strigatus
Red cheeked Anthias Pseudanthias huchtii
Red Fire Goby Nemateleotris magnifica
Red Shoulder Wrasse Stethojulis bandanensis
Red Snapper Lutjanus bohar
Red-face squirrelfish Sargocentron violaceum
Redmouth Grouper Aethaloperca ragaa
Redtooth Triggerfish Odonus niger
Regal Angelfish Pygoplites diacanthus
Reid's Damsel Pomacentrus reidi
Reticulate Boxfish Ostracion solorensis
Reticulated Dascyllus Dascyllus reticulatus
Rigilius Goby Istigobius rigilus
Ringed Pufferfish Arothron hispidus
Ringed Wrasse Hologymnosus annulatus
Ring-eye Jawfish Opistognatus sp.
Ringtail Wrasse Oxycheilinus unifasciatus
Rockmover Wrasse Novaculichthys taeniourus
Sabre squirrelfish Sargocentron spiniferum
Saddled Butterflyfish Chaetodon ephippium
Saddled Pufferfish Canthigaster valentini
Sailfin Tang Zebrasoma veliferum
Scaly Chromis Chromis lepidolepis
Schlegel's Parrotfish Scarus schlegeli
Schooling Rabbitfish Siganus argenteus
Scissortail Sergeant Abudefduf sexfasciatus
Scorpion Leaf Fish Taenianotus triacanthus
Scribbled Filefish Aluteres scriptus
Scribbled Pufferfish Arothron mappa
Seagrass Filefish Acreichthys tomentosus
Seagrass Parrotfish Leptoscarus vaigiensis
Seawhip Goby Bryaninops sp.
Sebree's Pygmy Goby Eviota sebreei
Sergeant Major Abudefduf vaigiensis
Sevenbar Trevally Carangoides ferdau
Seven-striped Cardinalfish Apogon novemfasciatus
Shadowfin soldierfish Myripristis adusta
Signal Goby Fusigobius signipinnis
Silver squirrelfish Neoniphon argenteus
Singlespine Unicornfish Naso thynnoides
Singular Bannerfish Heniochus singularis
Six-banded Angelfish Pomacanthus sexstriatus
Six-Bar Wrasse Thalossoma hardwicke
Six-Line Wrasse Pseudocheilinus hexataenia
Sixspot Grouper Cephalopholis sexmaculata
Skunk Anemonefish Amphiprion sandaracinos
Slender Suckerfish Echeneis naucrates
Sling-Jaw Wrasse Epibulus insidiator
Smallscale lionfish Scorpaenopsis oxycephala
Smallscale Pursemouth Gerres acinaces
Smalltooth Jobfish Aphareus furca
Smooth flutemouth Fistularia commersonii
Snowflake moray Echidna nebulosa
Snubnose Rudderfish Kyphosus cinerascens
Speckled Damsel Pomacentrus bankanensis
Speckled Wrasse Anampses meleagrides
Specklefin Grouper Epinephelus ongus
Spinecheek Clownfish Premnas aculeatus
Spiny Chromis Acanthochromis polyacanthus
Spinycheek Cardinalfish Apogon kallopterus
Splendid Dottyback Pseudochromis splendens
Spot-banded Butterflyfish Chaetodon punctatofasciatus
Spotface Moray Gymnothorax fimbriatus
Spotfin lionfish Pterois antennata
Spotfin squirrelfish Neoniphon sammara
Spotted Boxfish Ostracion meleagris
Spotted Hawkfish Cirrhitychthys oxycephalus
Spotted Prawn Goby Amblyleotris guttata
Squarespot Anthias Pseudanthias pleurotaenia
Squaretail grouper Plectropomus areolatus
Staghorn Damsel Abudefduf curacao
Stareye Parrotfish Calotomus carolinus
Starry Pufferfish Arothron stellatus
Starry Pufferfish Arothron caeruleopunctatus
Striated Wrasse Pseudocheilinus evanidus
Striped Clingfish Diademichthys lineatus
Striped Eel Catfish Plotosus lineatus
Striped Fusilier Pterocaesio trilineata
Striped Surgeonfish Acanthurus lineatus
Striped Triplefin Helcogramma striata
Swallow-Tail Chromis Chromis ternatensis
Talbot's Damsel Chrysiptera talboti
Teardrop Butterflyfish Chaetodon unimaculatus
Threadfin Butterflyfish Chaetodon auriga
Threadfin Hawkfish Cirrhitychthys aprinus
Three Blotch Wrasse Halichoeres trispilus
Threelined Spinecheek Scolopsis trilineata
Threespot Angelfish Apolemichthys trimaculatus
Three-Spot Humbug Dascyllus trimaculatus
Three-Spot Wrasse Halichoeres trimaculatus
Titan Triggerfish Balistoides viridescens
Tomato Clownfish Amphiprion frenatus
Triangle Butterflyfish Chaetodon baronessa
Triple-Tail Wrasse Cheilinus trilobatus
Trumpetfish Aulostomus chinensis
Tube-Mouth Wrasse Labrichthys unilineatus
Tubeworm Blenny Plagiotremus rhinorhynchus
Twinspot Chromis Chromis elerae
Twin-spot Clown Blenny Ecsenius bimaculatus
Two spotted Wrasse Halichoeres biocellatus
Two-colour Dottyback Pseudochromis paccagnellae
Two-eyed Coralfish Coradion melanopus
Twospine Spinecheek Scolopsis bilineatus
Two-spined Angelfish Centropyge bispinosus
Twospot Bristletooth Ctenochaetus binotatus
Two-spot Snapper Lutjanus biguttatus
Twospot Wrasse Oxycheilinus bimaculatus
Twotone Wrasse Halichoeres prosopeion
Two-Tone Wrasse Thalossoma amblycephalum
Undulate Moray Gymnothorax undulatus
Vagabond Butterflyfish Chaetodon vagabundus
Variegated lizardfish Synodus variegatus
Variegated Wasse Coris batuensis
Violet soldierfish Myrypristis violacea
Violet-lined Parrotfish Scarus globiceps
Violet-lined Parrotfish Scarus globiceps
Virgate Rabbitfish Siganus virgatus
Wandering Cleaner Wrasse Diproctacanthus xanthurus
Warty-Lip Mullet Crenimugil crenilabis
Weber's Chromis Chromis weberi
Wheeler's Prawn Goby Amblyeleotris wheeleri
White Damsel Dischistodus perspicillatus
White lined Grouper Anyperodon leucogrammicus
White-Breasted Sergeant Amblyglyphydodon leucogaster
Whitecheek surgeonfish Acanthurus nigricans
White-Dotted Maori Wrasse Cheilinus chlorourus
White-lined lionfish Pterois radiata
Whitemargin Unicornfish Priodon annulatus
White-spot Damsel Dischistodus chrysopoecilus
White-spotted Grouper Epinephelus caeruleopunctatus
White-square Grouper Gracila albomarginata
White-Tail Damsel Pomacentrus chrysurus
White-tail squirrelfish Sargocentron caudimaculatum
Yaeyama Blenny Ecsenius yaeyamaensis
Yellow Boxfish Ostracion cubicus
Yellowback Anthias Pseudanthias tuka
Yellowback fusilier Caesio teres
Yellow-banded Pipefish Corythoichthys flavofasciatus
Yellow-Breasted Wrasse Anampses twistii
Yellow-dash Fusilier Pterocaesio randalli
Yellowfin Damsel Neoglyphydodon nigroris
Yellowfin Goatfish Mulloidichthys vanicolensis
Yellowfin Parrotfish Scarus flavipectoralis
Yellowmargin Triggerfish Pseudobalistes flavimarginatus
Yellow-margined moray Gymnothorax flavimarginatus
Yellowsaddle Goatfish Parapuneus cyclostomus
Yellowstripe Goatfish Mulloidichthys flavolineatus
Yellowstriped Emperor Lethrinus ornatus
Yellowtail Coris Coris gaimard
Yellowtail Sergeant Abudefduf notatus
Zebra Dart Goby Ptereleotris zebra
Zebra Lionfish Dendrochirus zebra
Zigzag Wrasse Halichoeres scapularis

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