Can You Name These Saltwater Fish From an Image?

By: Kennita Leon
Estimated Completion Time
3 min
Can You Name These Saltwater Fish From an Image?
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About This Quiz

You may already know this, but lots of fish aren't like most humans, who can live on any land mass on this earth, with the right conditions, of course. Not all fish can survive in every type of body of water that this planet offers; some need to live in fresh water, while others can only survive in seawater. 

And don't think it's simple when it comes to saltwater fish either. Different fish live in different parts of the ocean depending on their needs. For example, there are deep sea fish, coastal (they live between the shore and the continental shelf), pelagic fish (they live near the surface), demersal fish (they live near the bottom of the sea) and more. 

Today, we want to test your knowledge of these complicated fish. We want to see if you can identify the ones that we've chosen. We're going to show you their pictures and leave a hidden clue for you if you get stuck. By the end, we'll know if you got enough answers right to impress the biggest saltwater experts. 

So, are you ready to test your knowledge? 

Barracuda Which saltwater fish is this?
Barnacle
Arctic char
Seahorse
Barracuda
Known for its large size and ferocity, the barracuda belongs to the genus Sphyraena. A saltwater fish, the barracuda can be found near coral reefs and seagrass in tropical and subtropical oceans.

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King mackerel
Scientifically known as the Scomberomorus cavalla, the king mackerel is a migratory type mackerel also known as the kingfish. A member of the Scombridae family, the king mackerel is commonly used in the commercial and recreational industries.
Baleen whale
Umbrella squid
Velvet crab

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Anemone
Striped anchovy
Measuring just up to 15cm in length, the striped anchovy, or broad-striped anchovy is a member of the Engraulidae family. The fish is most commonly found in the coastal waters of North America, Nova Scotia and the West Indies.
Ray
Tiger prawn

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Wrasse
Yellowfin tuna
Found in the pelagic waters of tropical oceans, yellowfin tuna is a highly migratory species of fish. They are dark blue in appearance and have bright yellow finlets. Yellowfin tuna have a lifespan of 6 to 7 years.
Barnacle
Skipjack

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Blue shark Do you think you can point to this fish's name?
Killer whale
Blue shark
Found in the deep regions of tropical and temperate oceans, the blue shark is a requiem shark and member of the Carcharhinidae family. They are known to migrate long distances from New England to South America.
Baleen whale
Ray

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Blue marlin Tell us the name of this saltwater fish.
Seahorse
Arctic char
Anemone
Blue marlin
One of the largest fish in the ocean, the blue marlin measures up to 14ft in length and weighs up to 1985 pounds. A native to the oceans of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian, the blue marlin are thought to be one of the most easily distinguishable fish.

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Black sea bass What name was this fish given?
Umbrella squid
Black sea bass
Found most often near the sea floor, the black sea bass is a marine grouper found in the Northern and Southern ranges, along the coast of Maine, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico.
Tiger prawn
Zooplankton

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Tiger shark
The tiger shark is one of the more well-known members of the shark family. It is one of the more frequently involved in human shark bite cases.
Velvet crab
Barnacle
Baleen whale

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Red grouper Identify the fish shown in this picture.
Lamprey
Red grouper
As suggested by its name, the red grouper is a dark reddish brown. A member of the grouper family, this fish is large in body and can be distinguished from other groupers by its fins. It can be found in the coral reefs of the western Atlantic Ocean.
Wrasse
Ray

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Red snapper What's the name that this saltwater fish goes by?
Anemone
Zooplankton
Red snapper
A native of the western Atlantic Ocean, the red snapper is a very popular fish in the commercial industry and is the most commonly caught snapper in the USA. The red snapper is an inhabitant of rocky bottoms, reefs and ledges.
Arctic char

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Swordfish Do you think you can point to the correct name of this fish?
Seahorse
Swordfish
Easily distinguished by their long flat bills, the swordfish or broadbills as they are also known, are large, migratory predators. They inhabit the waters of all three oceans, the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian.
Baleen whale
Tiger prawn

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Bull shark Match this saltwater fish to its name.
Bull shark
A species of requiem shark, the bull shark can be found in warm, shallow waters across the globe. Considered one of the world's most dangerous sharks, the bull shark weighs up to 500lbs.
Barnacle
Velvet crab
Umbrella squid

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Gulf sturgeon Which fish is this?
Killer whale
Anemone
Gulf sturgeon
A threatened species, the Gulf sturgeon can be found in the Gulf of Mexico. Mimicking the appearance of the Atlantic sturgeon, the Gulf sturgeon can be distinguished only by its spleen length. It is one of seven species of sturgeon found in North America.
Manatee

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Bluefin tuna Point to the option that you think is this fish's name.
Tiger prawn
Ray
Arctic char
Bluefin tuna
A member of the family Scombridae, the bluefin tuna is also known as the giant bluefin and Northern bluefin. The adult bluefin tuna weighs up to 830lbs. It is a commercially important fish species.

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Thresher shark Pick the name which corresponds to the fish in this picture.
Seahorse
Baleen whale
Thresher shark
A member of the Elapidae family, thresher sharks can be found around the globe in temperate and tropical oceans. There are currently three living species of the shark which include the bigeye thresher, common thresher and pelagic thresher.
Barnacle

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Striped mullet Which saltwater fish is this?
Narwhal
Striped mullet
Found in coastal tropical and subtropical waters, the striped mullet is an important food fish species. The fish is marketed in several varieties which include smoked, dried and salted. The fish measures between 30m and 75cm in length.
Zooplankton
Lamprey

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Hardhead catfish Can you tell us the name of this fish?
Anemone
Wrasse
Velvet crab
Hardhead catfish
One of four species of the genus Ariopsis, the hardhead catfish can be found in the northwest Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. So-named because of the hard bone plate in its head, the hardhead catfish grow up to 70cm in length.

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Bluefish
A marine pelagic fish, the bluefish can be found worldwide in temperate and subtropical waters. The fish is known by various names such as tailor in Australia, elfin South Africa and shad in Natal, blue, chopper and anchor.
Arctic char
Ray
Tiger prawn

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Dolphinfish What's the name of this fish?
Baleen whale
Dolphinfish
More commonly known as the mahi-mahi, the dolphinfish is a large surface-dwelling fish found in subtropical, tropical and temperate waters.
Barnacle
Umbrella squid

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Yellowtail snapper Do you think you can point to this fish's name?
Narwhal
Seahorse
Yellowtail snapper
A native of the western Atlantic Ocean, the yellowtail snapper is found abundantly in coral reefs. An important game and commercial species, the yellowtail snapper is the only member of its genus.
Manatee

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Atlantic spadefish Tell us the name of this saltwater fish.
Killer whale
Zooplankton
Anemone
Atlantic spadefish
A small disk-shaped fish, the Atlantic spadefish is a member of the Ephippidae family. Found in the Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea, the Atlantic spadefish is also known as the moonfish, angelfish, ocean cobbler and three-tailed porgy.

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Nurse shark What name was this fish given?
Nurse shark
Found in the shallow waters of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, the nurse shark is a member of the Ginglymostomatidae family. Measuring up to 14ft, the nurse shark is a slow-moving fish. Their diet consists of shellfish, squid and fish.
Ray
Tiger prawn
Lamprey

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Bonefish Can you name this sea-dweller?
Bonefish
A member of the bonefish family, the bonefish weighs up to 9lbs and measures up to 90cm in length. Their color ranges from silver, dark silver and olive green. They inhabit shallow mudflats and inshore tropical waters.
Arctic char
Baleen whale
Umbrella squid

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Snook Identify the fish shown in this picture.
Snook
Scientifically known as the Centropomus undecimalis, the snook is a member of the Centropomidae family. More popularly known as the common snook, it grows up to 1.6 ft. The fish is also known as the sergeant or the Robalo.
Barnacle
Wrasse
Narwhal

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Atlantic croaker What's the name that this saltwater fish goes by?
Anemone
Atlantic croaker
Commonly found in the estuaries of Massachusetts and the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic croaker is a species of marine fish. A close relative of the black drum, the Atlantic croaker is so-named after its sound.
Velvet crab
Seahorse

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Schoolmaster Do you think you can point to the correct name of this fish?
Zooplankton
Baleen whale
Tiger prawn
Schoolmaster
Found along the subtropical coasts of Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean, the schoolmaster snapper is a colorful fish. A popular food fish, the schoolmaster snapper can weigh up to 2lbs. The fish inhabits coral reefs.

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Shortfin mako shark Match this saltwater fish to its name.
Shortfin mako shark
A large mackerel shark, the shortfin mako is also known as the bonito shark or the blue pointer. An inhabitant of tropical and temperate seas, the shortfin mako is the fastest swimming shark on record.
Arctic char
Ray
Umbrella squid

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Goliath grouper Which fish is this?
Killer whale
Goliath grouper
Found mainly in shallow tropical waters, the goliath grouper is a large grouper and member of the grouper family. Also known as the jewfish, the goliath grouper reaches an impressive length of 8ft and weight of 790lb
Velvet crab
Lamprey

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Lemon shark Point to the option that you think is this fish's name.
Anemone
Lemon shark
Commonly found in shallow subtropical waters, the lemon shark is a member of the Carcharhinidae family. A powerful shark, the lemon shark grows up to 11ft in length.
Baleen whale
Barnacle

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Queen snapper Pick the name which corresponds to the fish in this picture.
Zooplankton
Wrasse
Seahorse
Queen snapper
A native of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea, the queen snapper is a species of snapper. It is bright red with yellow eyes. The queen snapper can weigh up to five pounds and measure up to twenty-one inches.

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Zooplankton
Black drum
A relative of the Atlantic croaker and red drum, the black drum is the only species in the genus Pogonias. The largest of the drum family, the black drum can weigh up to 90lbs.
Arctic char
Tiger prawn

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Spiny dogfish Can you tell us the name of this fish?
Spiny dogfish
One of the best-known species of Squalidae sharks, the spiny dogfish has two spines and no anal fin. The spiny dogfish is also known mud shark, spurdog and piked dogfish. They are most commonly found in the shallow waters of temperate regions.
Anemone
Ray
Umbrella squid

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Ladyfish Name this sea creature.
Velvet crab
Ladyfish
A member of the Elopidae family, the ladyfish is more commonly known as the Spanish hogfish. The ladyfish can be found in the coastal waters of tropical and subtropical regions.
Baleen whale
Wrasse

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Southern flounder What's the name of this fish?
Barnacle
Killer whale
Southern flounder
Native to eastern and gulf coasts of the US, the Southern flounder is a large toothed member of the flounder family. It is a popular species in the sporting and commercial industries.
Lamprey

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Blackfin tuna Do you think you can point to this fish's name?
Tiger prawn
Arctic char
Seahorse
Blackfin tuna
A member of the genus Thunnus, the blackfin tuna is the smallest species of its genus measuring up to 100cm in length. Their bodies are oval in shape and black in color with faint traces of yellow on the sides.

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Tripletail Tell us the name of this saltwater fish.
Ray
Anemone
Tripletail
Also known as the flasher or steamboat, the tripletail is found along the coast in tropical and subtropical seas. They are known for floating on their sides beneath surfaces and are confused as leaves because of their dark color.
Zooplankton

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Umbrella squid
Baleen whale
Tarpon
A member of the genus Megalops, tarpon are air-breathing fish, native to the Atlantic and Indo-Pacific seas. Currently, they can be found throughout the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.
Barnacle

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Silver seatrout
Found mostly in the Gulf of Mexico, silver seatrout owes its name to its physical appearance of bright silver. Often confused with the sand seatrout, the seatrout is also known as the white trout or whitey. They measure just about 14 inches in length.
Wrasse
Zooplankton
Velvet crab

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Blue runner Identify the fish shown in this picture.
Arctic char
Blue runner
A member of the jack family, Carangidae, the blue runner is a large marine fish. It is also known as the bluestripe jack, hardnose, hardtail jack or Egyptian scad.
Seahorse
Tiger prawn

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Ballyhoo What's the name that this saltwater fish goes by?
Ray
Baleen whale
Ballyhoo
A member of the halfbeak family, the ballyhoo is a bait fish and is often used as cut bait. Also known as the redtail Balao, yellowtail ballyhoo or balahu, the ballyhoo can be found in the tropical-warm and temperate waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
Anemone

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