Marine Life and Biodiversity: What are the main species observable in Roatan?

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The Roatan reef is home to an exceptional marine diversity and attracts divers from around the world. More than just a display of fish, turtles, and rays, this coral barrier, the world’s second longest, also serves as a sanctuary for a stunning variety of corals, sponges, and invertebrates, captivating especially experienced divers and amateur photographers.

For divers of all levels, here’s an overview of the species you can encounter during your visit:

  • Damselfish (family Pomacentridae): sergeants major and yellowtail damselfish.
  • Angelfish (family Pomacanthidae).
  • Butterflyfish (family Chaetodontidae).
  • Groupers (family Serranidae): including black groupers, Nassau groupers, and tiger groupers.
  • Wrasses (family Labridae): discover the creole wrasse and captain wrasse.
  • Snappers (family Lutjanidae): among them, the red snapper and yellowtail snapper.
  • Parrotfish (family Scaridae).
  • Barracudas (family Sphyraenidae).
  • Filefish (family Monacanthidae).
  • Porcupinefish (family Diodontidae)
  • Moray eels (family Muraenidae)
  • Rays (family Myliobatidae).
  • Turtles (family Cheloniidae).

This list is not exhaustive, and each family includes many subcategories. Keep your eyes wide open and explore everything that the Roatan reef has to offer!