Fish ID: Help: The Order of Fish Families

Fish family order
Family How to Use our Fish ID

This guide uses the internationally accepted order which groups fish with similar features into families, with adjacent families having slightly but distinctly different features. We have given the SCIENTIFIC FAMILY NAME in addition to the common family name.  We are targeting these most commonly found families first. If the family has a hyperlink, we have some members, if not, it’s a work in progress.

HETERODONTIDAE Horn Sharks
BRACHAELURIDAE Blindsharks
ORECTOLOBIDAE Wobbegongs
RHINCODONTIDAE Whale Shark
ODONTASPIDIDAE Grey Nurse Shark
CARCHARHINIDAE Whaler Sharks
UROLOPHIDAE Stingarees
MYLIOBATIDIDAE Eagle Rays
MURAENIDAE Moray Eels
PLOTOSIDAE Eeltail Catfishes
AULOPIDAE Sergeant Bakers
BRACHIONICHTHYIDAE Handfishes
HOLOCENTRIDAE Squirrelfishes & Soldierfishes
FISTULARIIDAE Flutemouths
AULOSTOMIDAE Trumpetfishes
SYNGNATHIDAE Seahorses, Seadragons & Pipefishes
SERRANIDAE Rockcods, Groupers & Basslets
PLESIOPIDAE Longfins
SPARIDAE Snapper & Breams
HAEMULIDAE Sweetlips
LUTJANIDAE Coral Snappers
CAESIONIDAE Fusiliers
MULLIDAE Goatfishes
MONODACTYLIDAE Silver Batfishes
MICROCANTHIDAE Stripeys & Mado
CHAETODONTIDAE Butterflyfishes
POMACANTHIDAE Angelfishes
EPHIPPIDAE Batfishes
ENOPLOSIDAE Old Wifes
CHEILODACTYLIDAE Morwongs
CIRRHITIDAE Hawkfishes
POMACENTRIDAE Damselfishes
LABRIDAE Wrasses
SCARIDAE Parrotfishes
MICRODESMIDAE Dart Gobies & Worm Gobies
ACANTHURIDAE Surgeonfishes
ZANCLIDAE Moorish Idols
BALISTIDAE Triggerfishes
MONACANTHIDAE Leatherjackets & Filefishes
ARACANIDAE Temperate Boxfishes
TETRAODONTIDAE Pufferfishes
DIODONTIDAE Porcupinefishes