List of Freshwater Fishes for Belize

Number of freshwater fish species: 84 The tables below were generated from Fishbase.org - A project to provide indexing and links for all known species as the baseline dataset for studies of global biodiversity. All links below take you to pages on the fishbase.org site.
Tropical Freshwater Fish | Biotope aquaria | Country Index

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Order Family Species Status FB name Name
Mugiliformes Mugilidae Agonostomus monticola native Mountain mullet Mountain mullet 
Perciformes Cichlidae Amphilophus robertsoni native False firemouth cichlid False firemouth cichlid 
Clupeiformes Engraulidae Anchoa belizensis native Belize anchovy Belize anchovy 
Clupeiformes Engraulidae Anchoa parva native Little anchovy  
Anguilliformes Anguillidae Anguilla rostrata native American eel American eel 
Perciformes Sparidae Archosargus probatocephalus native Sheepshead seabream Southern sheeps head 
Characiformes Characidae Astyanax aeneus native Banded tetra Central tetra 
Lepisosteiformes Lepisosteidae Atractosteus tropicus native Tropical gar  
Perciformes Gobiidae Awaous banana native River goby River goby 
Siluriformes Ariidae Bagre marinus misidentification Gafftopsail sea catfish Gafftopsail catfish 
Batrachoidiformes Batrachoididae Batrachoides gilberti native Large-eye toadfish  
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Belonesox belizanus native Topminnow Pike killifish 
Characiformes Characidae Brycon guatemalensis native Machaca Macabil 
Carcharhiniformes Carcharhinidae Carcharhinus leucas native Bull shark Bull shark 
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Carlhubbsia stuarti native Barred livebearer Barred livebearer 
Perciformes Centropomidae Centropomus ensiferus native Swordspine snook Swordspine snook 
Perciformes Centropomidae Centropomus parallelus native Fat snook Smallscale fat snook 
Perciformes Centropomidae Centropomus pectinatus native Tarpon snook Tarpon snook 
Perciformes Centropomidae Centropomus poeyi native Mexican snook  
Perciformes Cichlidae Cichlasoma bocourti native Chisel-tooth cichlid Chisel-tooth cichlid 
Perciformes Cichlidae Cichlasoma salvini native Yellow belly cichlid Yellowbelly cichlid 
Perciformes Cichlidae Cichlasoma urophthalmus native Mexican mojarra Mayan cichlid 
Perciformes Cichlidae Cryptoheros chetumalensis native   
Perciformes Cichlidae Cryptoheros spilurus native Blue-eye cichlid Blue-eye cichlid 
Perciformes Gobiidae Ctenogobius claytonii native Mexican goby  
Cyprinodontiformes Cyprinodontidae Cyprinodon artifrons native Yucatan pupfish Yucatan pupfish 
Perciformes Eleotridae Dormitator maculatus native Fat sleeper Fat sleeper 
Clupeiformes Clupeidae Dorosoma anale native Mexican river gizzard shad Longfin gizzard shad 
Clupeiformes Clupeidae Dorosoma petenense native Threadfin shad Threadfin shad 
Perciformes Eleotridae Eleotris amblyopsis native Large-scaled spinycheek sleeper Large-scaled spinycheek sleeper 
Perciformes Eleotridae Eleotris pisonis native Spinycheek sleeper Small-scaled spinycheek sleeper 
Perciformes Gerreidae Eugerres plumieri native Striped mojarra Striped mojarra 
Perciformes Gobiidae Evorthodus lyricus native Lyre goby Lrye goby 
Cyprinodontiformes Cyprinodontidae Floridichthys polyommus native Ocellated killifish Ocellated killifish 
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Gambusia luma native Sleek mosquitofish Sleek mosquitofish 
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Gambusia nicaraguensis native Nicaraguan mosquitofish Nicaraguan mosquitofish 
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Gambusia sexradiata native Teardrop mosquito Teardrop mosquito 
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Gambusia yucatana native Yucatan gambusia  
Cyprinodontiformes Cyprinodontidae Garmanella pulchra native Yucatan flagfish Orange flagfish 
Perciformes Gerreidae Gerres cinereus native Yellow fin mojarra Yellowfin mojarra 
Perciformes Gobiidae Gobioides broussonnetii native Violet goby Violet goby 
Perciformes Eleotridae Gobiomorus dormitor native Bigmouth sleeper Bigmouth sleeper 
Perciformes Gobiidae Gobiosoma yucatanum native Yucatan goby Yucatan goby 
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Heterandria bimaculata native Twospot livebearer Twospot livebearer 
Characiformes Characidae Hyphessobrycon compressus native Mayan tetra Mayan tetra 
Beloniformes Hemiramphidae Hyporhamphus roberti hildebrandi native Central American halfbeak Central American halfbeak 
Siluriformes Ictaluridae Ictalurus furcatus native Blue catfish Blue catfish 
Mugiliformes Mugilidae Joturus pichardi native Bobo mullet  
Perciformes Gobiidae Lophogobius cyprinoides native Crested goby Crested goby 
Clupeiformes Engraulidae Lycengraulis grossidens native Atlantic sabretooth anchovy  
Elopiformes Megalopidae Megalops atlanticus native Tarpon Tarpon 
Perciformes Centrarchidae Micropterus dolomieu introduced Smallmouth bass  
Mugiliformes Mugilidae Mugil gyrans native Fantail mullet Fantail mullet 
Mugiliformes Mugilidae Mugil liza native Liza Liza 
Synbranchiformes Synbranchidae Ophisternon aenigmaticum native Obscure swamp eel Obscure swamp eel 
Perciformes Cichlidae Parachromis friedrichsthalii native Yellowjacket cichlid Mus mus 
Perciformes Cichlidae Parachromis motaguensis misidentification False yellowjacket cichlid False yellowjacket cichlid 
Perciformes Cichlidae Petenia splendida native Bay snook Blanco 
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Phallichthys fairweatheri native Picotee livebearer Picotee livebearer 
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Poecilia mexicana native Shortfin molly Shortfin molly 
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Poecilia orri native Mangrove molly Mangrove molly 
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Poecilia petenensis native Peten molly Petén molly 
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Poecilia teresae endemic Mountain molly Mountain molly 
Perciformes Haemulidae Pomadasys crocro native Burro grunt Burro grunt 
Cyprinodontiformes Profundulidae Profundulus guatemalensis native   
Syngnathiformes Syngnathidae Pseudophallus mindii native   
Siluriformes Heptapteridae Rhamdia guatemalensis native Guatemalan chul�n Guatemalan chulín 
Siluriformes Heptapteridae Rhamdia laticauda native Filespine chul�n Cave chulín 
Siluriformes Heptapteridae Rhamdia quelen native   
Cyprinodontiformes Rivulidae Rivulus marmoratus native Mangrove rivulus Mangrove rivulus 
Cyprinodontiformes Rivulidae Rivulus tenuis native Dogtooth rivulus Dogtooth rivulus 
Perciformes Cichlidae Rocio octofasciata native Jack Dempsey Jack dempsey 
Siluriformes Ariidae Sciades assimilis native Mayan sea catfish Mayan catfish 
Pleuronectiformes Cynoglossidae Symphurus plagiusa native Blackcheek tonguefish  
Syngnathiformes Syngnathidae Syngnathus scovelli native Gulf pipefish Gulf pipefish 
Perciformes Cichlidae Thorichthys affinis native Yellow meeki  
Perciformes Cichlidae Thorichthys aureus native Blue flash Golden firemouth cichlid 
Perciformes Cichlidae Thorichthys meeki native Firemouth cichlid Panya gial 
Perciformes Cichlidae Vieja godmanni misidentification Southern checkmark cichlid Southern checkmark cichlid 
Perciformes Cichlidae Vieja intermedia native Northern checkmark cichlid Northern checkmark cichlid 
Perciformes Cichlidae Vieja maculicauda native Blackbelt cichlid Blackbelt cichlid 
Perciformes Cichlidae Vieja synspila native Redhead cichlid Redhead cichlid 
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Xiphophorus hellerii native Green swordtail Green swordtail 
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae Xiphophorus maculatus native Southern platyfish Southern platyfish 

Page created by: Eli, 15.08.07, last modified by: Lei, 20.11.08



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