Bonaire Marine Life ID

 

Bonaire is home to 340 species of reef fish and countless other species of marine life.  The island’s diverse reef life invokes a natural curiosity about what we see underwater.

Here’s a guide to some of the more common fish and reef creatures that you may spot in Bonaire.

Parrotfish & Angelfish

Parrotfish, Angelfish & Butterflyfish

[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/parrotfish/thumbs/thumbs_reef-butterflyfish.jpg]Reef Butterflyfish
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/parrotfish/thumbs/thumbs_butterflyfish-copy.jpg]Foureye Butterflyfish
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/parrotfish/thumbs/thumbs_queen-parrotfish-adult3.jpg]Queen Parrotfish (Adult)
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/parrotfish/thumbs/thumbs_queen-parrotfish-initial-phase.jpg]Queen Parrotfish (Initial Phase)
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/parrotfish/thumbs/thumbs_pretty-parrotfish-m.jpg]Princess Parrotfish
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/parrotfish/thumbs/thumbs_midnight-parrotfish-something-special-s.jpg]Midnight Parrotfish
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/parrotfish/thumbs/thumbs_rainbow-parrot-salt-pier-m.jpg]Rainbow Parrotfish
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/parrotfish/thumbs/thumbs_stoplight-parrotfish-adult2.jpg]Stoplight Parrotfish (Adult)
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/parrotfish/thumbs/thumbs_stoplight-parrotfish-initial-phase.jpg]Stoplight Parrotfish (Initial Phase)
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/parrotfish/thumbs/thumbs_french-angel-s-bonaire-8-x-10.jpg]French Angelfish (Adult)
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/parrotfish/thumbs/thumbs_juv-queen-angelfish-s-something-special.jpg]French Angelfish (Juvenile)
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/parrotfish/thumbs/thumbs_queen-angel-s-bari-smugmug.jpg]Queen Angelfish

Large Fish

Miscellaneous Fish

Miscellaneous Fish

[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/fish/thumbs/thumbs_glassy-sweeper-no-wm.jpg]Glassy Sweeper
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/fish/thumbs/thumbs_grey-snappers-ss.jpg]Grey Snapper
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/fish/thumbs/thumbs_scorpionfish-something-special-s.jpg]Scorpionfish
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/fish/thumbs/thumbs_frogfish-yellow-sub-s.jpg]Longlure Frogfish
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/fish/thumbs/thumbs_seahorse.jpg]Seahorse
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/fish/thumbs/thumbs_scrawled-filefish.jpg]Scrawled Filefish
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/fish/thumbs/thumbs_filefish.jpg]Whitespotted Filefish
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/fish/thumbs/thumbs_bar-jack.jpg]Bar Jack
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/fish/thumbs/thumbs_yellowfin-mojarra.jpg]Yellowfin Mojarra
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/fish/thumbs/thumbs_spotted-drum-s.jpg]Spotted Drum
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/fish/thumbs/thumbs_juvenile-spotted-drum-s.jpg]Spotted Drum (Juvenile)
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/fish/thumbs/thumbs_adult-lionfish.jpg]Lionfish
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/fish/thumbs/thumbs_peacock-flounder-yellow-sub-m.jpg]Peacock Flounder
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/fish/thumbs/thumbs_soapfish.jpg]Soapfish
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/fish/thumbs/thumbs_three-goatfish.jpg]Goatfish
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/fish/thumbs/thumbs_blue-tang-m.jpg]Surgeonfish
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/fish/thumbs/thumbs_coney-s.jpg]Coney
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/fish/thumbs/thumbs_schoolmaster-aquarius.jpg]Schoolmaster (Adult)
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/fish/thumbs/thumbs_juvenile-schoolmaster.jpg]Schoolmaster (Juvenile)
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/fish/thumbs/thumbs_big-eye-something-special-s.jpg]Bigeye
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/fish/thumbs/thumbs_sand-diver-windsock-m.jpg]Sand Diver
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/fish/thumbs/thumbs_ocean-triggerfish.jpg]Ocean Triggerfish
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/fish/thumbs/thumbs_black-durgon.jpg]Black Durgon
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/fish/thumbs/thumbs_trunkfish.jpg]Spotted Trunkfish
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/fish/thumbs/thumbs_honeycomb-cowfish.jpg]Honeycomb Cowfish
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/fish/thumbs/thumbs_rock-beauty.jpg]Rock Beauty
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/fish/thumbs/thumbs_creole-wrasse.jpg]Creole Wrass
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/fish/thumbs/thumbs_spanish-hawkfish.jpg]Spanish Hawkfish

Pufferfish

Blennies & Small Fish

Blennies & Other Small Fish

[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/blennies-other-small-fish/thumbs/thumbs_blenny-for-calendar.jpg]Spinyhead Blenny
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/blennies-other-small-fish/thumbs/thumbs_redlip-blenny-something-special-m.jpg]Redlip Blenny
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/blennies-other-small-fish/thumbs/thumbs_tesselated-blenny-3-bari-reef-s_.jpg]Tessellated Blenny
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/blennies-other-small-fish/thumbs/thumbs_southern-smoothhead-glass-blenny-s-bari-reef.jpg]Southern Smoothhead Glass Blenny
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/blennies-other-small-fish/thumbs/thumbs_ringed-blenny-s.jpg]Ringed Shy Blenny
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/blennies-other-small-fish/thumbs/thumbs_blenny-on-coraldive.jpg]Sailfin Blenny
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/blennies-other-small-fish/thumbs/thumbs_yellowhead-jawfish-bari-reef-s.jpg]Yellowhead Jawfish
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/blennies-other-small-fish/thumbs/thumbs_sharpnose-pufferfish-bari-reef-s.jpg]Slender Filefish
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/blennies-other-small-fish/thumbs/thumbs_blue-chroms-something-special-m.jpg]Blue Chromis
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/blennies-other-small-fish/thumbs/thumbs_peppermint-goby-the-cliff-s-2.jpg]Peppermint Goby
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/blennies-other-small-fish/thumbs/thumbs_yellowhead-jawfish-bari-reef-s_0.jpg]Yellowhead Jawfish
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/blennies-other-small-fish/thumbs/thumbs_harlequin-bass.jpg]Harlequin Bass
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/blennies-other-small-fish/thumbs/thumbs_fairy-basslet.jpg]Fairy Basslet
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/blennies-other-small-fish/thumbs/thumbs_bandtail-pufferfish.jpg]Bandtail Pufferfish
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/blennies-other-small-fish/thumbs/thumbs_sharpnose-pufferfish.jpg]Sharpnose Pufferfish
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/blennies-other-small-fish/thumbs/thumbs_damselfish-with-neon-spots.jpg]Yellowtail Damselfish
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/blennies-other-small-fish/thumbs/thumbs_damselfish.jpg]Threespot Damselfish
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/blennies-other-small-fish/thumbs/thumbs_need-id-5.jpg]Longfin Damselfish
[img src=https://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/blennies-other-small-fish/thumbs/thumbs_juvenile-trunkfish-yellow-sub-s.jpg]Post Larval Juvenile Trunkfish

Jellyfish, Squid & Octopi

Eels

Mollusks, Crustaceans & Worms

Turtles & Rays