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Common coral reef fishes of Barbados

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Diver and Blackbar Soldierfish, Salt River, St. Croix, Virgin Islands. (Image taken by Clark Anderson/Aquaimages. Aquaimages at en.wikipedia [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], from Wikimedia Commons)

Introduction 

Barbados, a small island nation, is one of the Windward Islands of  the eastern Caribbean Sea. Over 225 species of reef fishes have been identified during REEF Fish Surveys in Barbados.

25 most common species in Barbados

caption Bluehead—the most frequently observed reef fish in Barbados. ''Reef Fish Identification'', New World Publications © 1994. The following ranking is based on the results of 134 REEF Fish Surveys covering a bottom time of 157 hours and 29 minutes. (REEF Geographic Zone Report, May 28, 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. 

 

caption Brown Chromis—the reef fish with the highest mean abundance in Barbados.. ''Reef Fish Identification'', New World Publications © 1994. 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. Bluehead

 97.7

 many

 2. Blue tang

 97.1

 few-many

 3. Bicolor damselfish

 94.3

 many

 4. Brown chromis

 92.0

 many-abundant

 5. Blackbar soldierfish

 89.7

 many-abundant

 6. Stoplight parrotfish

 88.0

 few

 7. Trumpetfish 

 86.9

 few

 8. French grunt

 86.9

 few-many

 9. Redband parrotfish

 86.3

 few-many

 10. Yellowhead wrasse

 85.7

 few-many

 11. Ocean surgeonfish

 84.6

 few-many

 12. Spanish hogfish

 83.4

 few

 13. Threespot damselfish

 82.3

 few-many

 14. Princess parrotfish 

 81.1

 few-many

 15. Sergeant major

 80.6

 few-many

 16. Sharpnose puffer

 80.0

 few

 17. Longspine squirrelfish

 78.3

 few

 18. Yellow goatfish

 77.1

 few

 19. Blue chromis

 75.4

 many

 20.  Graysby 

 74.9

 few

 21.  Masked goby 

 73.1

 many-abundant

 22.  Barred hamlet

 72.0

 few

 23. Striped parrotfish

 71.4

 few-many

 24. Smooth trunkfish

 69.1

 single-few

 25.  Bridled goby

 66.9

 few-many


References and Further Reading

Glossary

Citation

McGinley, M. (2014). Common coral reef fishes of Barbados. Retrieved from http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/51cbed4c7896bb431f6912c6

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