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Common coral reef fishes of Mustique

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Almost always found in pairs (but sometimes difficult to get two in the same frame), these active little fish are a common site on Caribbean reefs. (By LASZLO ILYES from Cleveland, Ohio, USA (Banded Butterflyfish Uploaded by Jacopo Werther) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Introduction 

Mustique is an island located the eastern Caribbean Sea that is part of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  In limited sampling, over 130 species of reef fishes have been identified during REEF Fish Surveys in Mustique.

25 most common species in Mustique

caption Banded butterflyfish—the most frequently observed reef fish in Mustique. ''Reef Fish Identification'', New World Publications © 1994. The following ranking is based on the results of only 27  REEF Fish Surveys covering a bottom time of 25 hours and 48 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 Brown chromis—the reef fish with the highest mean abundance in Mustique. ''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. Banded butterflyfish

 100.0

 few

 2. Blue tang

 100.0

 few-many

 3. Brown chromis   

 100.0

 many-abundant

 4. Bluehead

 100.0

 many

 5. Bicolor damselfish

 100.0

 many

 6. Yellowtail damselfish  

 96.3

 few-many

 7. Yellow goatfish   

 96.3

 few-many

 8. Sergeant major

 96.3

 few-many

 9. Stoplight parrotfish

 92.6

 few-many

 10. Ocean surgeonfish

 92.6

 few-many

 11. French grunt   

 88.9

 few-many

 12. Spanish hogfish

 88.9

 few

 13. Redlip blenny

 88.9

 few-many

 14. Trumpetfish  

 85.2

 few

 15. Longspine squirrelfish

 85.2

 few-many

 16. Threespot damselfish

 85.2

 few-many

 17. Redband parrotfish

 85.2

 few

 18. Yellowhead wrasse

 81.5

 many

 19. Coney   

 81.5

 few-many

 20. Blackbar soldierfish

 81.5

 many

 21.  Orangespotted filefish

 81.5

 single-few

 22.  Foueye butterflyfish

 81.5

 few

 23. Striped parrotfish 

 77.8

 few-many

 24. Mahogany snapper

 77.8

 few-many

 25.  Puddingwife

 77.8

 few


References and Further Reading

Glossary

Citation

McGinley, M. (2014). Common coral reef fishes of Mustique. Retrieved from http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/51cbed4d7896bb431f6913a8

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