Class Actinopterygii: The Ray-finned Fishes

Perch Perca fluviatilis

Perch (Perca fluviatilis) discovered in local canal.
11th July 2020. © Peter Hillman

Shanny Lipophrys pholis juvenile

Juvenile Shanny (Lipophrys pholis) found in rockpool, Meadfoot Beach, Torquay, Devon.
2nd August 2015. © Peter Hillman

We are all familiar with fish as they are a key food source for humans as well as many other animal species, including birds, reptiles and mammals. Fish are vertebrate animals with a boney structure and central nervous system, and have gills so they can gather in oxygen from the water to help them breath in an aquatic environment. With fins instead of limbs, these help fish move efficently through saltwater or freshwater habitats.

Family Gasterosteidae (Sticklebacks & Tubesnouts)

Three-spined Stickleback Gasterosteus aculeatus

Three-spined Stickleback
(Gasterosteus aculeatus)

Family Cyprinidae (Carp & Tench)

Roach Rutilus rutilus

(Rutilus rutilus)

Family Percidae (Perches)

Perch Perca fluviatilis

(Perca fluviatilis)

Family Blenniidae (Combtooth Blennies)

Shanny Lipophrys pholis juvenile

(Lipophrys pholis)

Family Atherinidae (Silversides)

Sand Smelt Atherina presbyter

Sand Smelt
(Atherina presbyter)