Coral Reefs

Common coral reef fishes of French Cay

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Chaetodon capistratus, Foureye butterflyfish- the most frequently observed reef fish in French Cay.  ''Reef Fish Identification'', New World Publications © 1994. (

Introduction 

French Cay is one of the  Turks and Caicos Islands  in the West Indies.  Over 220 species of reef fishes have been identified during REEF Fish Surveys in French Cay.

25 most common species in French Cay

caption Foureye butterflyfish- the most frequently observed reef fish in French Cay. ''Reef Fish Identification'', New World Publications © 1994. The following ranking is based on the results of 344  REEF Fish Surveys covering a bottom time of 328 hours and 15 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. 

 

 

caption Blue chromis- the reef fish with the highest mean adundance in French Cay. ''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. Foureye butterflyfish

 87.8

 few

 2. Stoplight parrotfish

 83.7

 few

 3. Bluehead

 83.4

 many

 4. Blue chromis

 82.0

 mean-abundant

 5. Bicolor damselfish 

 81.4

 few-many

 6. Fairy basslet    

 77.6

 many

 7. Trumpetfish

 76.7

 few-many

 8. Yellowtail snapper

 76.2

 few-many

 9. Blue tang

 74.4

 few

 10. Nassa grouper 

 71.2

 single-few

 11. French grunt

 70.9

 few -many

 12. Bluestriped grunt 

 68.0

 few

 13. Queen angelfish 

 66.9

 single-few

 14. Rock beauty

 66.9

 few

 15. Black durgon

 66.6

 few

 16. Bar jack

 66.3

 few

 17. Princess parrotfish

 66.0

 single-few

 18. Horse-eye jack

 65.6

 few-many

 19. Longspine squirrelfish

 64.9

 few-many

 20. Harlequin bass

 62.6

 few

 21.  Yellow goatfish

 62.2

 few

 22.  Yellowhead wrasse

 62.1

 few-many

 23. Queen triggerfish

 60.4

 few

 24. Great barracuda

 59.8

 few

 25.  Schoolmaster

 57.8

 many

References and Further Reading

Glossary

Citation

McGinley, M. (2014). Common coral reef fishes of French Cay. Retrieved from http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/51cbed4d7896bb431f691349

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