600+ North American Fish Species

This is a convenient list of over 600 different fish species in North America.

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Species Latin Name Also called Edibility
Abalone Haliotis - Unknown
Acadian Redfish Sebastes fasciatus Ocean Perch Very good
Alewife Alosa pseudoharengus - Terrible
Alfonsino Beryx decadactylus - Very good
Amberjack, Greater Seriola dumerili - Very good
Amberjack, Lesser Seriola fasciata - Very good
Anchovy, Hawaiian Encrasicholina purpurea Nehu Unknown
Angelfish, Bandit Apolemichthys arcuatus banded angelfish Unknown
Angelfish, Fisher’s Centropyge fisheri - Unknown
Angelfish, French Pomacanthus paru - Unknown
Angelfish, Gray Pomacanthus arcuatus - Unknown
Angelfish, Potter's Centropyge potteri - Unknown
Angelfish, Queen Holacanthus ciliaris - Unknown
Anthias, Hawaiian Longfin Pseudanthias hawaiiensis - Unknown
Arrowtooth Flounder Atheresthes stomas - Unknown
Atlantic Menhaden Brevoortia tyrannus Bunker, Pogy Terrible
Barracuda, California Sphryaena argentea - Unknown
Barracuda, Great Sphyraena barracuda - Very good
Bass, Barred Sand Paralabrax nebulifer - Unknown
Bass, Choctaw Micropterus haiaka - Good
Bass, Kelp Paralabrax clathratus Calico bass Unknown
Bass, Largemouth Micropterus salmoides - Unknown
Bass, Shadow Ambloplites ariommus - Good
Bass, Shoal Micropterus cataractae - Very good
Bass, Smallmouth Micropterus dolomieui - Unknown
Bass, Spotted Micropterus punctulatus - Very good
Bass, Spotted Sand Paralabrax maculatofasciatus - Unknown
Bass, Sunshine Morone chrysops x M. saxatilis - Very good
Bass, Suwannee Micropterus notius - Very good
Bass, White Morone chrysops - Very good
Bigeye, Atlantic Priacanthus arenatus - Good
Bluefish Pomatomus saltatrix - Good
Bocaccio Sebastes paucispinis - Unknown
Bonefish Albula vulpes - Poor
Bonefish, Shortjaw Albula glossodonta ‘ō‘io Unknown
Bonito, Atlantic Sarda sarda - Good
Bonito, Pacific Sarda chiliensis - Unknown
Bowfin Amia calva Mudfish Terrible
Boxfish, Spotted Ostracion meleagris moa Unknown
Brown Trout Salmo trutta - Excellent
Bumper, Atlantic Chloroscombrus chrysurus Hornbelly Unknown
Butterfish Peprilus triacanthus - Unknown
Butterflyfish, Blacklip Chaetodon kleinii lauhau Unknown
Butterflyfish, Fourspot Chaetodon quadrimaculatus Lauhau Unknown
Butterflyfish, Milletseed Chaetodon miliaris lau wiliwili Unknown
Butterflyfish, Multiband Chaetodon multicinctus kīkākapu Unknown
Butterflyfish, Ornate Chaetodon ornatissimus kīkākapu Unknown
Butterflyfish, Oval Chaetodon lunulatus kapuhili Unknown
Butterflyfish, Pyramid Hemitaurichthys polylepis - Unknown
Butterflyfish, Reticulated Chaetodon reticulatus - Unknown
Butterflyfish, Tinker’s Chaetodon tinkeri - Unknown
CA Croakers (all species) Family Scianidae Black/White/Yellowfin Croaker Fair
Cabezon Scorpaenichthys marmoratus - Unknown
California Scorpionfish Scorpaena guttata Sculpin Unknown
California sheephead Semicossyphus pulcher - Unknown
Carp, Common Cyprinus carpio - Poor
Carp, Triploid Grass Ctenopharyngodon idellus - Terrible
Catfish, Blue Ictalurus furcatus - Very good
Catfish, Brown Bullhead Ameiurus nebulosus - Very good
Catfish, Brown Hoplo Hoplosternum literalli - Poor
Catfish, Channel Ictalurus punctatus - Very good
Catfish, Flathead Pylodictis olivaris - Very good
Catfish, Gafftopsail Bagre marinus - Good
Catfish, Hardhead Ariopsis felis - Poor
Catfish, Sailfin Pterygoplichthys multiradiatus - Poor
Catfish, Walking Clarias batrachus - Unknown
Catfish, White Ameiurus catus - Very good
Catfish, Yellow Bullhead Ameiurus natalis - Very good
Chilipepper Sebastes goodei - Unknown
Cichlid, African Jewelfish Hemichromis bimaculatus - Unknown
Cichlid, Black Acara Cichlasoma bimaculatum - Good
Cichlid, Jaguar Guapote Cichlasoma managuense - Very good
Cichlid, Mayan Cichlasoma urophthalmus - Good
Cichlid, Midas Cichlasoma citrinellum - Unknown
Cichlid, Peacock Cichla ocellaris Tucunare Excellent
Clam, Cherrystone Mercenaria mercenaria - Unknown
Clam, Japanese Littleneck Tapes philippinarum - Unknown
Clams (Hard) Quahog - Good
Cobia Rachycentron canadum Ling Excellent
Cod, Atlantic Gadus morhua - Very good
Cod, Pacific Gadus macrocephalus - Unknown
Codling, Finescale Antimora microlepis - Unknown
Conch, Channeled Busycotypus canaliculatus Channeled Whelk Unknown
Conch, Knobbed Busycon carica Knobbed whelk Unknown
Conch, Queen Strombus gigas - Excellent
Cowcod Sebastes levis - Unknown
Cowfish, Honeycomb Lactophrys polygonia - Unknown
Cowfish, Scrawled Lactophrys quadricornis - Unknown
Crab, Blue Callinectes sapidus - Very good
Crab, Blue Land Cardisoma guanhumi - Good
Crab, Golden Chaceon fenneri - Unknown
Crab, Hawaiian Bloodspoted Swim Portunus sanguinolentus hawaiiensis kuahonu, kūhonu, white crab Unknown
Crab, Horseshoe Limulus polyphemus - Unknown
Crab, Jonah Cancer borealis - Excellent
Crab, Kona Ranina ranina