Top 10 most beautiful fishes in the world

It is estimated that 73% of Earth’s surface is covered by oceans, discovered many interesting species and still counting. Fishes are always one of the most interesting species in the world because of their colorful patterns and beautiful fins. Here the list of top 10 most beautiful fishes in the world.

10 Lyretail Anthias



Lyretial anthias is a marine aquarium fish native to the Indo-West pacific. The most interesting feature about lyretail anthias is all the fishes in the species born as females and will change to male upon growing. The color of this species also changes in growing stage. They mainly found in blue, pink and gold colors. Male lyretail anthias have a size of five inches, females are little smaller. They mainly live in coral systems.

9 Lion Fish


Once of the most attractive and quite poisonous fish species. They have long red and white stripes. Lion fish is native to Indo-Pacific region, found in various colors The stripes of lion fish help them to defend against enemies. Lion fishes have the power to make instant movement in the water. It let them catch the prey easily. The size of lion fish ranges from 11 to 15 inches and weighs up to 1.5 kg. Lion fishes are also used as aquarium fish in many countries.

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8 Symphysodon Discus

Symphysodon Discus

Unlike other aquarium fishes symphysodon discus fishes shows intelligent behaviors, that is displaying of different moods. This behavior of  discus fishes makes them as  a common aquarium fish. It is native to the Amazon basin of South America, found in blue, brown, green, reddish and golden colors. They are very social, always travel in groups. Sea turtles and large fishes are the main predators of discus fish.

7 Moorish Idol

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Moorish idol is one of smallest marine aquarium fish species found in the Indian ocean, Japan and South Africa. These species have special yellow and black ribbons within their body. Moorish idol is also social in nature, found in group of large numbers. They live in coral reefs and spend lots of time in surface of the ocean.

6 Triggerfish


There are 40 different species of triggerfish in the world native to the Eastern Pacific ocean. The larger one among the species has a length of 3.3 meters. Triggerfishes have strong, tough teeths help them to catch preys like crabs very easily. The oval shaped triggerfish have various colors in different parts of the body, make them so attractive. The color of triggerfish varies as blue, green and yellow.

5 French Angel Fish

french angelfish

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French Angel fish is one of sub species of angel fish native to Caribbean seas. The fish has an attractive pale mouth, yellow and black body. It grows up to a size of 24 inches. French angel fish inhabit in different reef systems and rocks. Marine algaes are the main food of french angel fish.

4 Blueface Angel Fish

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Blueface angel fish are the most colorful member of angelfish family, native to Indo-Pacific region. As the name indicates they have a deep blue colored face. Blueface angel fishes have a length up to 14 inches. Their body is a mixture of light yellow and blue.

Blue angel fishes have a lifespan of 10 years. This species of angel fish used to have foods like shrimps, marine algaes and squids. It is found as a lovable aquarium fish as it is not all shows aggressive behavior.

3 Banggai Cardinalfish

Banggai cardinalfish


Banggai cardinalfish is one of the peaceful aquarium fish endemic to the banggai Island of Indonesia. They inhabit in shallow waters across the island. This species of fish are very small in size which measures only 8cm in length. Their body has a beautiful pattern of black and white bars. The one thing that differentiate male fish from a female is an enlarged oral cavity. They mainly feed on planktons and copepods.

2 Clown Fish

clown fish

Clown fish one of most attractive colorful fishes in the world, found in most of all coral reefs. There are 28 different species of clown fishes are in total. They have an attractive orange body with three brighter distinctive white bars. All clown fishes are born as males and they switch to female upon growing stage. They also make quick and attractive movements while swimming.

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1 Mandarinfish


The most colorful and attractive Mandarinfish is native to Indo-Pacific region. Their body is in blue-green mixed color with orange lines. They  live in lagoons and coral reefs. It is one of very active and peaceful  aquarium fishes in the world. Mandarin fish makes rapid movements in water. Small worms and ocean isopods are the main foods of mandarin fish. This species have a life span of 15 years.