Galapagos Fish

Galapagos fish represent one of the most amazing features out of the many marine wonders of these Islands.


This is specially true if you enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, or watch the marine realm in the Galapagos Islands.

The ichthyologic fauna (in other words, the fish) is unique since there is no other tropical place on Earth that delivers several marine provinces in the same geographical location.

For instance, the king angel fish (below) or Holocanthus passer, is seen in the Sea of Cortez and Baja California.

King Angel Fish

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The moorish idol (Zanclus cornutus) is seen in the west Pacific, the pacific beakfish (Oplegnathus insignis) is a classic in the peruvian province, and the blue-chin parrot fish (Scarus ghobban) is seen in Panama.

This extreme biodiversity is unique to the Galapagos Islands. The highlights of this unique marine fauna are showcased by two factors:

The different currents that bathe the Islands, and the Islands' isolation in relation to continental land masses.

These Islands have over 500 species of fish in Galapagos, offering a mosaic of tropical, subtropical and even temperate species.

Barber Fish

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Over time, this has generated about 86 endemic species to Galapagos (17%), and by all means a critical need for the protection of marine ecosystems.

Thus, the waters of Galapagos are being officially protected since 1986, when they were declared a Marine Reserve (133,000 Km2), and later in 2001 a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Still, modern efforts remain needed, specially in the local Galapagos fishing industry, in order to achieve realistic resource sustainability.

Soldier Fish

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You will really enjoy admiring the beauty of Galapagos fishes in these Islands. A day in the water, or a day under its surface, can be the best way to understand the marine realm of Galapagos better.

Visit this group of Islands in South America and swim surrounded with colorful and rare fish in Galapagos waters. This may well be the beginning of a totallynew adventure in your life.

Welcome to another marine wonder in the Galapagos Islands: "their fishes"

Recommended Reading

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides). Click to order from Amazon

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)

With 250 photos and tons of great information, this is an essential addition to your pre-Ecuador and -Galapagos reading!

There are better guides if you are only interested in the islands, but for a combination trip taking in Ecuador as well, it's hard to beat.


Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands. Click to order from Amazon

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Small enough to fit into your pocket, yet containing comprehensive information and pictures of all the species you will encounter in the islands, this book is a must-have for nature lovers.

Let's face it, Galapagos is largely about the wildlife. This book will NOT disappoint, and you'll have a great memento of your time with the seals, penguins and tortoises!


Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World. Click to order from Amazon

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World

Definitely NOT a tourist's guide, but if you're like me, and find the history and geography of the islands irresistible, then this is a title you ought to invest in.

Stunningly illustrated, and painstakingly researched, those of you who have been there will be enchanted again -- and those of you who have not will begin planning your trip!


Moon Spotlight Galapagos. Click to order from Amazon

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands

If you're a seasoned Galapagos regular, then you will probably prefer something weightier.

But for first-timers looking for simple, down-to-earth advice on where to go, what to see and the best shopping and eating on the islands, this is the book for you.

Small, well-priced, and reliable!


Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire. Click to order from Amazon

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire

The 10th anniversary edition of this photographer's tour of the Galapagos Islands is a stunning book, worthy of anybody's coffee table.

This is a perfect post-trip talking point -- a great way to remember what you've seen, and spread the word amongst your envious friends!


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