Bulletin 07 April 1979: Checklist of Fishes Identified in Abu Dhabi Waters
Checklist of Fishes Identified in Abu Dhabi Waters



Checklist of Fishes Identified in Abu Dhabi Waters

by Roger Brown

Over the past two years a variety of fish common to the Gulf has been observed, recorded and identified.

The following table lists the fish so far identified. There are still many fish on record that remain unidentified due to incomplete research work. Hopefully this backlog will be cleared in the near future and the results published.

In the table below local Arabic names have yet to be established for numbers 1, 3, 8, 12 and 29. Fish number 15 has yet to have its common English name established. Members’ participation is kindly requested.

It is interesting to note that numbers 21 and 22 have the same name in Arabic. This often happens with both Arabic and English names and is one reason why the scientific (Latin) names should always be used when identifying fishes.

Fish numbers 1, 3, 16, 18, 24 and 31 have been discussed in detail in the current series “Fishes of Abu Dhabi” in the Bulletin.

Fish Recording

Record forms are available for the purpose of fish recording. Completed forms have been received but not in the quantity originally anticipated. Greater member participation is requested. So, all you sailors and anglers, why not take a record form on your next trip.

When recording a description of a particular fish the more detail given the better. Often a simple line sketch, drawn on the reverse side of the form, accompanied by fin, spine and ray count and meristic details can lead to a positive identification. Further details are given in Bulletin No. 4, “The Identification of Fishes” and Bulletin No. 2, “Parts of a Bony Fish”

When checking the meristic details of fish specimens take great care over the spinous fins, as these are usually very sharp and sometimes poisonous. Handling with leather gloves is preferred, especially for larger specimens.

Ref
No
Scientific Name Common English Name Local Arabic Name
Max.
Length
1
Abudefduf Saxitilis Sergeant Major Fish --
17 cms
2
Acanthropagrus Bifasciatus Captain’s Daughter Faskara
30 cms
3
Amphiprion Ocellaris Orange Clown Fish --
10 cms
4
Archosargus Rhomboidalis Sea Bream Qubotan
--
5
Atherina Forokalii Silverside Cheschusu
12 cms
6
Cephalopholis Miniatus Blue Spotted Rock Cod Arus
42 cms
7
Chelordon Patoca Pig Fish Fugal
40 cms
8
Coris Julis Rainbow Wrasse --
--
9
Cryptocentrus Fillifer Long Finned Goby Boshalanbo
--
10
Echidna Zebra Moray Eel Nachoot
120 cms
11
Epinephelus Chlorostigma Grouper Hamour
150 cms
12
Eupomacentrus Fuscus Dusky Damsel Fish --
15 cms
13
Gastrophysus Sceleratus Puffer Fish Bugum
45 cms
14
Heniochus Acuminatus Wimple Fish Bushami
25 cms
15
Leiognathus Elongatus -- Salah
10 cms
16
Lutianus Johni Gold Striped Snapper Nisar
35 cms
17
Migalaspis Cordyla Jack Titi
45 cms
18
Monodactylus Argenteus Silver Batfish Farsuk
20 cms
19
Platax Orbicalaris Orbiculate Batfish Amaad
50 cms
20
Pomacanthodes Annularis Blue King Angelfish --
60 cms
21
Pomacanthus Imperator Emperor Angelfish Anfuz
30 cms
22
Pomacanthus Maculosus Blue Moon Angelfish Anfuz
45 cms
23
Scarus Ghobbam Blue Green Parrot Fish Gen
100 cms



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