Biodiversity

Common coral reef fishes of Guadaloupe

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The beautiful Puddingwife, one of the largest wrasse species in the western Atlantic. (Photo by Ned DeLoach, via http://www.reef.org/enews/reefinbrief-january-2010)

Introduction 

Guadaloupe is an island group or archipelago located in the eastern Caribbean Sea of nine inhabited islands, including Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre (separated from Basse-Terre by a narrow sea channel called Salt-River).  In limited sampling, over 140 species of reef fishes have been identified during REEF Fish Surveys in Guadaloupe.

25 most common species in Guadaloupe

caption Longspine squirrelfish—one of the most frequently observed reef fish in Guadlaloupe. ''Reef Fish Identification'', New World Publications © 1994. The following ranking is based on the results of only 10  REEF Fish Surveys covering a bottom time of 10 hours and 47 minutes. (REEF Geographic Zone Report. June 3, 2009).  The species are ranked by the percentage of surveys in which a species was observed.  Abundance of fishes in REEF Fish Surveys are estimated using the following categories: 1- single =1 individual, 2-few = 2- 10 individuals, 3-many = 11-100 individuals, and 4-abundant > 100 individuals.  The mean numeric abundance (ranging from 1 - 4) was calculated for each species..  The mean abundance category is determined as follows: mean abundance category 0 - 1.49 = single, 1.50 - 1.99 = single-few, 2.0 - 2.49 = few, 2.5 - 2.99 = few-many, 3.0 - 3.49 = many, 3.5 -3.99 = many-abundant, and 4.0 = abundant.

 

Species

% of surveys observed

Mean abundance category

 1. Puddingwife  

 100.0

 single-few

 2. Longspine squirrefish

 100.0

 few

 3. Doctorfish

 100.0

 few

 4. Blue tang

 90.0

 few

 5. Sergeant major

 90.0

 few

 6. Bluehead

 90.0

 few

 7. Stoplight parrotfish

 90.0

 few-many

 8. Redband parrotfish

 90.0

 few-many

 9. Trumpetfish

 90.0

 single

 10. Yellowtail smapper

 90.0

 few

 11. Bicolor damselfish

 90.0

 few-many

 12. Schoolmaster

 80.0

 few

 13. Longfin damselfish

 80.0

 single-few

 14. Clown wrasse

 80.0

 few

 15. French grunt

 80.0

 few

 16. Tellowtail damselfish

 80.0

 few

 17. Spotted Goatfish

 70.0

 few

 18. Brown chromis

 70.0

 many

 19. Bar jack

 70.0

 few

 20. Princess parrotfish

 70.0

 few

 21.  Blue chomis

 70.0

 few-many

 22.  Beaugregory

 70.0

 single-few

 23. Harlequin Bass

 70.0

 single-few

 24. Sand diver

 70.0

 single

 25.  Slippery dick

 70.0

 few

References and Further Reading

Glossary

Citation

McGinley, M. (2014). Common coral reef fishes of Guadaloupe. Retrieved from http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/151349

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