Fauna of the Camotes Sea

An inter-island sea in the Philippine archipelago, between the islands of Leyte, Bohol and Cebu. It is connected to the Visayan Sea in the north and the Mindanao Sea in the south by the Canigao and Bohol Straits.

Common inhabitants of the Camotes Sea 

The Camotes Sea is home to many species of fish, some of which are endemic. The coral reefs are home to Acanthuridae, Tetraodontidae, muraena and others. Sardines, Sulu skate, ocean sunfish, mackerel, narrow-barred Spanish mackerel, great barracuda, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, mahi-mahi, dotted grouper, red snapper, yellowtail snapper, mangrove snapper and cubera snapper also inhabit the waters. Black marlin and sailfish swim in schools from May to June. 

Rare fish species in the Camotes Sea

In addition to the common fish species, the waters of the Camotes Sea are also home to several unique and lesser known species such as the beautiful Elegant Firefish, the fearsome Knifetooth Sawfish, the colourful Spikefin Goby, the spotted Ocellaris Clownfish, the winged Banded Eagle Ray and the beautiful Beautiful Dartfish.

Diving in the Camotes Sea

The clear waters of Camotes Sea have amazing colours, caves, coral reefs, rich underwater world with excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities. Here you can see colourful coral walls decorated with Alcyonacea and sponge, crinoid of different shapes and colours. A variety of tropical fish swim around: Angelfish, Scorpaeniformes, Hymenocera and other marine life.

Sharks in the Camotes Sea

Endemic to the Camotes Sea is the endangered white tip shark, a member of the Triakidae family. Other shark species found here include the silvertip shark, grey reef shark, silky shark, sand shark, tiger shark, great hammerhead, whale shark and great white shark



Banded eagle ray

Banded eagle ray

Latin nameAetomylaeus nichofiiOther namesAetomylaeus nichofiiIdentificationThe characteristic shape ..

Barracuda, Great

Barracuda, Great

Latin name Sphyraena barracuda Other names –°uda, sea pike, giant sea pike; French: barracuda, bro..

Beautiful Dartfish

Beautiful Dartfish

Latin namePtereleotris kallistaOther namesPtereleotris kallistaIdentificationThe name comes from a G..

Black marlin

Black marlin

Latin nameIstiompax indicaOther namesIstiompax indicaIdentificationThe body is elongated, not strong..

Dotted grouper

Dotted grouper

Latin nameEpinephelus epistictusOther namesBlack-dotted rock-cod, black-spotted grouper, broken-line..

Elegant firefish

Elegant firefish

Latin nameNemateleotris decoraOther namesNemateleotris decora, purple firefish.IdentificationSlender..

Great hammerhead

Great hammerhead

Latin nameSphyrna mokarranOther namesSphyrna mokarranIdentificationThey have a characteristic spindl..

Grey reef shark

Grey reef shark

Latin nameCarcharhinus amblyrhynchosOther namesGray reef sharkIdentificationThe body of the fish is ..

Knifetooth sawfish

Knifetooth sawfish

Latin nameAnoxypristis cuspidataOther namesPointed sawfish, knifetooth sawfish.IdentificationThe elo..

Mackerel scad

Mackerel scad

Latin nameDecapterus macarellusOther namesSpeedo, opelu, galunggong.IdentificationThey have elongate..

Mahi-mahi

Mahi-mahi

Latin nameCoryphaena hippurusOther names–°ommon dolphinfish, dorado, pompano.IdentificationThe name "..

Narrow-barred Spanish mackerel

Narrow-barred Spanish mackerel

Latin nameScomberomorus commersonOther namesScomberomorus commersonIdentificationThey have an elonga..

Ocellaris clownfish

Ocellaris clownfish

Latin nameAmphiprion ocellarisOther namesFalse percula clownfish, common clownfish.IdentificationThe..

Ribbon eel

Ribbon eel

Latin nameRhinomuraena quaesitaOther namesLeaf-nosed moray eel, bernis eel, ribbon moray, leafnosed ..

Sailfish

Sailfish

Latin name Istiophorus platypterus Other names Spindlebeak, bayonetfish; French: voilier, espadon..

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