Species Identification List

Fish

Blue Tang

Scientific name: Paracanthurus hepatus

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Acanthuridae

Yellow tail snapper

Scientific name: Ocyurus chrysurus

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Lutjanidae

Fairy Basslet

Scientific name: Gramma loreto

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class:Actinopterygii

Order:Perciformes

Family: Grammatidae

 Stoplight Parrot Fish (IP & TP)

 Scientific name: Sparisoma viride

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Scaridae

Southern Stingray

Scientific name: Dasyatis americana

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum:Chordata

Class: Chondrichthyes

Order: Myliobatiformes

Family: Dasyatidae

 Squirrel fish

Scientific name: Holocentrus rufus

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Beryciformes

Family:  Holocentridae

Cleaning goby

Scientific name: Holocentrus rufus

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum:Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Gobiidae

 Spotted Moray Eel

Scientific name: Gymnothorax moringa

 Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Anguilliformes

Family: Muraenidae

 Brown Garden Eels

Scientific name: Heteroconger longissimus

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum:Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Anguilliformes

Family: Congridae

 Black Durgon

Scientific name: Heteroconger longissimus

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Tetraodontiformes

Family: Balistidae

 Creole Wrasse (IP &TP)

Scientific name: Clepticus parrae

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Labridae

Blue Head Wrasse (IP& TP)

Scientific name: Thalassoma bifasciatum

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum:Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Labridae

Peacock flounder

Scientific name: Bothus mancus

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum:Chordata

Class: Osteichthyes

Order: Pleuronectiformes

Family: Bothidae

 Sharp nose puffer fish

Scientific name: Canthigaster rostrata

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum:Chordata

Class:     Actinopterygii

Order:   Tetraodontiformes

Family:  Tetraodontidae

 Sand diver

Scientific name: Synodus intermedius

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Aulopiformes

Family:  Synodontidae

 Spotted eagle ray

Scientific name: Aetobatus narinari

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Chondrichthyes

Order: Myliobatiformes

Family: Myliobatidae

Queen trigger fish

Scientific name: Balistes vetula

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Tetraodontiformes

Family: Balistidae

Honeycomb cow fish

Scientific name: Acanthostracion polygonius

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum:Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Tetraodontiformes

Family: Ostraciidae

 Smooth trunk fish

Scientific Name:  Lactophrys triqueter

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class:     Actinopterygii

Order:   Tetraodontiformes

Family:  Ostraciidae

 Trumpet fish

Scientific name: Aulostomus maculatus

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum:Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Syngnathiformes

Family: Aulostomidae

 Scrawled file fish

Scientific name: Aluterus scriptus

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum:Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Tetraodontiformes

Family: Monacanthidae

 Bluestripped Grunt

Scientific name: Haemulon sciurus

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Haemulidae

Queen Parrotfish (IP & TP)

Scientific name: Scarus vetula

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum:Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Scaridae

 Princess Parrotfish (IP & TP)

Scientific name: Scarus taeniopterus

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum:Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Scorpaeniformes

Family: Scaridae

Mutton Snapper

Scientific name: Lutjanus analis

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family:  Lutjanida

Pudding Wife

Scientific name: Halichoeres radiatus

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Labridae

Yellowtail Damsel Fish

Scientific name: Chrysiptera parasema

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family:  Pomacentridae

 Four eye butterfly

Scientific name: Chaetodon capistratus

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Chaetodontidae

 Banded Butterfly

Scientific name: Chaetodon striatus

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Chaetodontidae

 Sergeant major

Scientific name: Abudefduf saxatilis

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family:  Pomacentridae

 Long Snout Seahorse

Scientific name: Hippocampus guttulatus

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Gasterosteiformes

Family:  Syngnathidae

Spanish Hog Fish

Scientific name: Bodianus rufus

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Labridae

Queen Angel Fish

Scientific name: Holacanthus ciliaris

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum:Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Pomacanthidae

French Angel fish

Scientific name: Pomacanthus paru

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum:Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Pomacanthidae

Gray Angel Fish

Scientific name: Pomacanthus arcuatus

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family:  Pomacanthidae

 Rock Beauty

Scientific name: Holacanthus tricolo

 Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Pomacanthidae

 Banded Beauty

Scientific name: Acanthostracion polygonius

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum:Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Tetraodontiformes

Family: Ostraciidae

 Bar Jack

Scientific name: Caranx ruber

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Carangidae

 Horse eyed Jack

Scientific name: Caranx latus

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum:Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order:Perciformes

Family: Carangidae

 Great Barracuda

Scientific name: Sphyraena barracuda

 Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum:Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Sphyraenidae

 Ocean Triggerfish

Scientific name: Acanthostracion polygonius

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum:Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Tetraodontiformes

Family: Ostraciidae

Reef Shark

Scientific name: Carcharhinus perezii

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Chondrichthyes

Order: Carcharhiniformes

Family: Carcharhinidae

Nurse Shark

Scientific name: Ginglymostoma cirratum

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Chondrichthyes

Subclass: Elasmobranchii

Order: Orectolobiformes

Family:  Ginglymostomatidae

 Nassau Grouper

Scientific name: Epinephelus striatus

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Serranidae

Blue Chromis

Scientific name: Chromis cyanea

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum:Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Pomacentridae

Big Eye

Scientific name: Heteropriacanthus cruentatus

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Priacanthidae

 Porcupine Fish

Scientific name: Diodon hystrix

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order:   Tetraodontiformes

Family:  Diodontidae

 Sand Tile  fish

Scientfic name: Malacanthus latovittatus

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family:  Malacanthidae

 Slipery dick (Juvenile)

Scientific name: Halichoeres bivittatus

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Labridae

 Dusky damsel fish

Scientific name: Stegastes adustus

 Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Pomacentridae

Red Hind

Scientific name: Epinephelus guttatus

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family:  Serranidae

 Lion Fish

Scientific name: Pterois volitans

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum:Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Scorpaeniformes

Family: Scorpaenidae

Other Chortada

Turks and Caicos Curly Tailed Lizard

Scientific name: Leiocephalus psammodromus

Kingdom: Animalia 

Phylum: Chordata 

Class: ‎Reptilia

Order: Squamata

Family: Leiocephalidae

Turks and Caicos Anole

Scientific name: Anolis Scriptus

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata 

Class: ‎Reptilia

Order: Squamata

Family: Dactyloidae

Green Sea Turtle

Scientific name: Chelonia mydas

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Reptilia

Order: Testudines

Family: Cheloniidae

Brown Pelican

Scientific name: Pelecanus occidentalis

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Pelecaniformes

Family: Pelecanidae

Night Heron

Scientific name: Nycticorax nycticorax

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Pelecaniformes

Family: Ardeidae

Invertebrates

 Cnidaria (non-coral)

Giant anemone

Scientific name: Condylactis gigantea

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Cnidaria

Class: Anthozoa

Order: Actiniaria

Family: Actiniidae

Stinging Bush Hydroid

Scientific name: Macrorhynchia robusta

Kingdom: Animalia 

Phylum: Porifera 

Class: ‎Demospongiae

Order: Haplosclerida

Family: Callyspongiidae

Cnidaria (corals)

 Black sea rod

Scientific name: Plexaura homomalla

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Cnidaria

Class: Anthozoa

Subclass: Octocorallia

Order: Alcyonacea

Suborder: Holaxonia

Family:  Plexauridae

Yellow sea whip

Scientific names: Eunicella cavolini

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Cnidaria

Class: Anthozoa

Order:   Alcyonacea

Suborder: Holaxonia

Family:  Gorgoniidae

 Common sea fan

scientific names: Gorgonia ventalina

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Cnidaria

Class: Anthozoa

Subclass: Octocorallia

Order: Alcyonacea

Suborder: Scleraxonia

Family: Anthothelidae

 Corky sea fingers

Scientific name: Briareum asbestinum

 Order: Gorgonace

 Pillar coral

Scientific name: Dendrogyra cylindrus

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Cnidaria

Class: Anthozoa

Order: Scleractinia

Suborder: Faviina

Family: Meandrinidae

Mustard hill coral

Scientific names: Porites astreoides

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Cnidaria

Class: Anthozoa

Subclass: Hexacorallia

Order: Scleractinia

Family: Poritidae

 Symmetrical brain coral

Scientific name: Diploria strigosa

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Cnidaria

Class:    Anthozoa

Order:   Scleractinia

Family: Mussidae

 Lamark’s sheet coral

Scientific name: Agaricia lamarcki

Fire Coral

Scientific names: Millepora dichotoma

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Cnidaria

Class: Hydrozoa

Order: Anthomedusae

Suborder: Capitata

Family: Milleporidae

 Porifera

Branching tube sponge

Scientific name: Aiolochroia crassa

Kingdom: Animalia 

Phylum: Porifera 

Giant barrel sponge

Scientific name: Xestospongia muta

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum:Porifera

Class: Demospongiae

Order: Haplosclerida

Family: Petrosiidae

Row pore rope sponge

Scientific name: Aplysina cauliformis

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Porifera

Class: ‎Demospongiae

Orange elephant ear sponge

Scientific name: Agelas clathrodes

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Porifera

Class: Demospongiae

Order: Agelasida

Family: Agelasidae

Brown Bowl Sponge

Scientific name: Cribrochalina vasculum

Phylum: Porifera

Azure vase sponge

Scientific name: Callyspongia plicifera

Kingdom: Animalia 

Phylum: Porifera 

Class: ‎Demospongiae

Order: Haplosclerida

Family: Callyspongiidae

Annelida

Social feather duster

Scientific name: Bispira brunnea

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Annelida

Class: Polychaeta

Order: Canalipalpata

Family: Sabellidae

Spilt-crown feather duster

Scientific name: Anamobaea orstedii

Kingdom: Animalia 

Phylum: Annelida 

Class: ‎Polychaeta

Christmas tree worms

Scientific name: Spirobranchus giganteus

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Annelida

Class: Polychaeta

Order: Canalipalpata

Family:  Serpulidae

Brown fan worm

Scientific name: Sabellastarte spectabilis

Kingdom: Animalia 

Phylum: Annelida 

Class: ‎Polychaeta

Order: Sabellida

Family: Sabellidae

Arthropoda

Caribbean spiny lobster

Scientific name: Panulirus argus

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Malacostraca

Order: Decapoda

Family: Palinuridae

Channel clinging crab

Scientific name: Mithrax spinosissimus

Kingdom:  Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Subphylum: Crustacea

Class: Malacostraca

Order: Decapoda

Infraorder: Brachyura

Family:  Majidae

Echinodermata

 Long-spined urchin

Scientific name: Xestospongia muta

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Porifera

Class: Demospongiae

Order: Haplosclerida

Family: Petrosiidae

Donkey dung sea cucumber

Scientific name: Holothuria mexicana

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Echinodermata

Class:     Holothuroidea

Order:   Aspidochirotida

Family:  Holothuriidae

Golden crinoid

Scientific Name: Davidaster rubiginosa

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Echinodermata

Class: Crinoidea

Subclass: Articulata

Order:   Comatulida

Family:  Comasteridae

 

Mollusca 

Flamingo tongue

Scientific name: Cyphoma gibbosum

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Mollusca

Class: Gastropoda

Family: Ovulidae

Sunrise tellin

Scientific name: Tellina radiata

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Mollusca

Class: Bivalvia

Order: Veneroida

Family: Tellinidae

Sand Dollar

Scientific name: Echinarachnius parma

Kingdom: Animalia 

Phylum: Echinodermata

Class: ‎Echinoidea

Order: Clypeasteroida

Family: Echinarachniidae

Plants

Turtle Grass

Scientific name: Thalassia testudinum

Kingdom: Plantae

Order: Alismatales

Family: Hydrocharitaceae

Monkey Puzzle Tree

Scientific name: Araucaria araucana

Kingdom: Plantae

Order: Pinales

Family: Araucariaceae

White Scroll Algae

Scientific name: Padina jamaicensis)

Kingdom: Chromista

Phylum: Ochrophyta

Order: Dictyotales

Family: Dictyotaceae

Red Mangrove

Scientific name: Rhizophora mangle

Kingdom: Plantae

Order: Malpighiales

Family: Rhizophoraceae

 Black Mangrove

Scientific name: Avicennia germinans

Kingdom: Plantae

Order: Lamiales

Family: Acanthaceae