Fish of the Mediterranean

The Mediterranean Sea is one of the most biologically diverse seas on the planet, highly considered to be a worldwide ‘hotspot’ for its biodiversity and with many species endemic to this ‘mini ocean’, it is somewhere that every diver should be visiting.  Stretching over an area over 2.5 million km², and hosting some of the world's most famous dive sites, a sea hiding gems from ancient shipwrecks like the Phoenician wreck of Malta, to the more recent ‘Zenobia’ right here in Cyprus - rated as one of the world's top 10 wreck dives.  With literally thousands of islands and an endless possibility of dive locations, the Mediterranean is a treat for anyone that gets the chance to dive here, and Cyprus is rated as one of the best of them all.

Below is a list of just some of the Mediterranean marine life that you might get the chance to see while diving here in Paphos, Cyprus.


Sphyraena - 1.5m – 2m

Bearded Fireworm

Hermodice Carunculata - 10cm

Black Sea Urchin

Arbacia Lixula - 15cm

Black Tailed Wrasse

Symphodus Melanocarcus - 5cm

Blacktip Shark

Carcharhinus limbatus – 1.5m

Blue Runner

Caranx Crysos - 30cm

Blue Shark

Prionace glauca – 1.5m to 3m

Blue Triggerfish

Pseudobalistes Fuscus - 40cm

Bluefin Tuna

Thunnus Thynnus – 1m to 2m

Bull Shark

Carcharhinus leucas – 2m to 2.5m

Cardinal Fish

Apogon Imberbis - 10cm

Common Dentex

Dentex Dentex - 1m

Common Dolphin

Stenella coeruleoalba – 2.4m to 2.6m

Common Lobster

Homarus Gammarus - 40cm

Common Stingray

Dasyatis Pastinaca - 60cm

Conger Eel


Copper Shark

Carcharhinus brachyurus – 2 m to 3.5m

Cow Bream

Sarpa Salpa / Saupe - 50cm


Sepia Officinalis - 40cm


Chromis Chromis - 15cm

Dusky Grouper

Epinephelus Marginatus - 1.5m