Below you will find some of the species of fish that you might encounter whilst diving, sea fishing, shore fishing or eating out in Cyprus. Some however are more tasty than others. If you do come across them in the wild and you feel the need to capture them, do it with your camera.....enjoy, and then send them into our pics page !
The 2nd half of this page is all pictures of fish caught from Cyprus shores.
Sword fish (Xiphias gladius)
I remember when these were being brought in at latchi harbour in the 1980's, they were surprisingly big.
Very similar in looks to the poisonously spined lion fish is the Scorpion fish (Scorpaena scrofa )
Red mullet (Mullus surmuletus )
You are very likely to encounter these local favourites in any fish restaurant in Cyprus. Red mullet are now farmed in pens offshore.
Rainbow wrasse ( Coris julis )
Two banded bream ( Diplodus Vulgaris )
Common stingray ( Dasyatis Pastinaca )
Greater weaver (Trachinus draco )
Anchovy ( Engraulis encrasicholus )
Angler fish (Lophius piscatorius)
Cardinal fish (Apogon imberbis)
Tunny / Tuna ( Thunnus thynnus )
White grouper ( Epinephelus aenus )
Now for pictures of real fish, caught recently (2019) from the shore in Cyprus, each fish picture will enlarge if you click on it and often shows the lure used to catch it.
Not for the over sensitive non fisher person.
Shore fishing is likely to yield
the following fish in 2019
We hire Poles, rods and equipment here
Dolphin Fish caught from the shore in Cyprus
this is not a dolphin, it is a dolphin fish
Locally known as Pondikos, the mouse fish is commonly known as the pearly razor fish and was caught from the shore in Cyprus
Locally known as Loutzos - and is commonly known as a European barracuda.
Click these pictures to enlarge them
This is kourkouna and is highly prized locally, it's ordinary name is Marbled Spinefood - when catching these it is usual to use a towel to de-hook as the spines can irritate and cause your hand to swell if pierced.
Barpinocleause in the colloquial
Atlantic lizard fish to everyone else.
Other fish in Cyprus waters include;
Eagle ray, Hardyhead silverside, Thresher, Mediterranean Scaldfish and Spearfish, rough tailed Stingray, Dogtooth grouper, Picarel, Forkbeard, the common Sole, Bogue, the shortnose greeneye, bluefish, black goby, devil fish, trachinus drako the greeter weaver, tope shark, hammerhead, 2 banded sea bream, squid, callionymus, white trevally, little tanny, picked dogfish, armed gurnard, flathead mullet, blue runner, swallow tailed sea perch, chub mackerel, marbled spinefood, frigate mackerel, Europaean sea bass, derbio, common Pandora, stargazer, conger, hake, John Dory and now has arrived through the Suez canal apparently the silver stripe Blaasop who is a poisonous delicacy and has no predators except us
These 2 are named above, see if you can tell what they are them. Answers on a postcard or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org