Fauna - fish

Belone belone (Garpike Fish)

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garpike fish

The garpike fish is a coastal common fish in Cyprus. We can find this fish from the shore until the open sea, at a depth of up to 10 metres. During the summer months this type of fish swims in shoals submerging at our shores.

The garpike fish can reach up to 90 cm in length and can exceed 1 kilo in weight but it usually does not exceed 50 cm. It is a very capable hunter and captures its pray with sudden sideway moves of its beak-type mouth. It mainly feeds on small fish.

Dasyatis centroura (Roughtail stingray)


The stingray is amongst the species that are common in Cyprus.

Epinephelus caninus (Dogtooth grouper)

Epinephelus caninus
Epinephelus caninus fish

The Epinephelus caninus (Dogtooth grouper) is a fish that lives in muddy and sandy sea bottoms at a depth of 40 to 400 metres. It is one of the largest types in its family reaching 150 centimetres in length and 70 kilos in weight , even though its usual length does not exceed 80 centimetres and its weight 6 kilos.

Atherinomorus Lacunosus Fish ( Hardyhead Silverside)

Atherinomorus Lacunosus Fish
Hardyhead Silverside

The Atherinomorus Lacunosus Fish is a small coastal type of fish, quite common in the sea around Cyprus. It can be met near the shore, mainly in shallow bays and ports, at a depth of up to 10 metres. Large shoals of young fish invade the shores during the summer months, while the larger ones make their strong presence during the months of September and October.