Fauna of the Tyrrhenian Sea

The biodiversity of the Tyrrhenian Sea is similar to that of the Mediterranean. Due to the climatic conditions, phytoplankton and zooplankton are scarce. However, these habitats are rich in biodiversity, ranging from fish and sea turtles to various species of algae and corals.

Common fish of the Tyrrhenian Sea

The serranidae, flying fish, swordfish, engraulis and tuna, goatfish, weever, wrasse, and eel and sardine inhabit the area. 

Interesting representatives of the Tyrrhenian Sea

One of the most interesting species in this area is Callinectes sapidus. This crab is quite aggressive compared to other species.

Dangerous to humans Inhabitants of the Tyrrhenian Sea

The Hermodice carunculata and the moray eel, which inhabit the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, are interesting creatures but dangerous to humans. 

Which sharks live in the Tyrrhenian Sea?

The Tyrrhenian Sea is home to basking sharks, which are considered the largest fish in the Mediterranean Sea. Squalidae can also be found here.  

Endangered species in the Tyrrhenian Sea

Some species in the Tyrrhenian Sea are endangered, such as the common bottlenose dolphin and the Mediterranean monk seal. The Pelagos Protected Area and Reserves have been created to protect these species.



Common bottlenose dolphin

Common bottlenose dolphin

Latin nameTursiops truncatusOther namesAtlantic bottlenose dolphinIdentificationThe moderately devel..

Flying fishes

Flying fishes

     Flying fish (Exocoetidae) is a family of Beloniformes. It has 8 genera, about 50..

Goatfishes

Goatfishes

     Goatfishes (Mullidae) are a family of fishes in the order Perciformes. There are..

Moray eel

Moray eel

     Moray eel (Muraenidae) is a family of fishes of the order Anguilliformes. The bo..

Sardine

Sardine

     Sardine is a fish of two genera Sardina and Sardinops of the family Clupeidae. T..

Serranidae

Serranidae

     Serranidae is a family of fishes of the order Perciformes. Anal fin with three b..

Shark, Basking

Shark, Basking

Latin name Cetorhinus maximus Other names No information Identification The dark gray or slate-..

Sharks

Sharks

Identification Like all fish, sharks are vertebrates, but ichthyologists separate them from most bo..

Swordfish

Swordfish

Latin name Xiphias gladius Other names Roadbill, broadbill swordfish; Arabic: kheil al bahar; Fre..

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