Fact Sheets

Bigeye kingfish

(Caranx sexfasciatus)

The upper surface of this robust fish is silver to grey and the belly is white. There is a distinct black spot on the gill covers and the anal and dorsal fins have white tips.

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Black musselcracker

(Cymatoceps nasutus)

This species is the second-largest member of the family Sparidae. It has a deep, robust body, with a big head. Older specimens develop extended fleshy snouts. They are stockier and more thickset than the white musselcracker. Colour varies with age and size; adults are a sooty grey to black in colour with a white chin and belly.

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Black-tip reef shark

(Carcharhinus melanopterus)

The black-tip reef shark is found in shallow waters on reefs, occasionally near drop-offs and offshore. They are believed to enter estuaries and even freshwater in some areas. They are known to enter incredibly shallow water and are often seen in water less than 30cm deep with the dorsal fin protruding above the surface.

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Bony fish

There is a great diversity of bony fish species. Here, some of the more interesting specimens including the devil firefish, emperor angelfish, garden eel and Knysna seahorse are illustrated and discussed.

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Brindle bass

(Epinephelus lanceolatus)

The brindle bass is a large, robust fish with a rounded tail. The colour varies greatly with size.

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