In all my snorkeling trips at Balayan Bay of Anilao and Bauan in the province of Batangas and at Misamis Occidental in Mindanao, I have accumulated several pictures of fishes. I have planned for so long to make a sort of “database” that lists their common names and scientific names (haha sorry it’s one of my compulsions and passions). Finally I got the chance to do it and here is the preliminary list 😀
Amphiprion sp. – It is the males that are tasked to guard and aerate the eggs.
Thalassoma lunare – notice the yellow crescent-shaped (lunate) tail of an adult moon wrasse
Black Blotch Foxface
Siganus unimaculatus– very similar to the Foxface Rabbitfish, except for the black spot on the upper posterior portion of the body
Pygoplites diacanthus – This is my favorite fish! 🙂 But this is the most difficult one to photograph though.
Cetoscarus ocellatus – Notice the beautiful rainbow colors 😀
Balistapus undulatus– notice the orange rays of the dorsal, caudal and pectoral fins
Melichthys vidua – this one has pink rays on the caudal fin, blue rays on the dorsal and anal fins, and yellow pectoral fins
Zanclus cornutus – it is characterized by a very long white sickle-shaped extension of the dorsal fin. It looks very similar to the Schooling Bannerfish and the Pennant Coralfish, but if you look very closely you can tell the difference. Plus the Moorish Idols’ are kind of loners, haha I mean you don’t usually find them in schools or in big groups.
Yellowtail Blue Damselfish
Chrysiptera parasema – these fishes are relatively small, the smallest one among the fishes here
Aulostomus sp. – it has a long tubular body with a rounded tail fin
Fistularia sp.– Belongs in the same family with the trumpetfish and the seahorse; it’s difference from the trumpetfish can visibly be noted on the shape of the tail
Chaetodon kleinii – such friendly fishes ❤
To Be Identified… Here are a couple of fishes I couldn’t identify yet, but will soon. I’ll just post it here so that anyone who knows can comment 😀
All the pictures in this post were taken by Jamie and me. Identification of fish species was made through the help of the following resources:
- Philippine Coral Reefs: A Natural History Guide by Alan T. White