Identify this Fish



Can you identify this fish?

This colorful pending All-Tackle world record was recently caught off the southeast coast of Florida, USA – do you know what it is?


ANSWER:  The correct answer is Stoplight parrotfish (Sparisoma viride)












What Kind of Grouper is this Caught off Okinawa, Japan?

Fishing off the coast of Okinawa, Japan on April 25, 2011, angler Koji Yoshida hooked this massive grouper species while bottom fishing with a live amberstripe scad. After a quick eight minute fight, Yoshida had the 120 kg (264 lb 8 oz) fish subdued, and was on the way back to the docks. This is clearly a great catch, but what is it?   – Give your best guess for the scientific name or common name of this grouper on IGFA’s Facebook page.   Stay tuned as we will be posting the answer on Friday May 20…good luck!

ANSWER:  The correct answer is Hyporthodus septemfasciatus, or convict grouper. The distribution of the specie ranges with certainty only from Japan, Korea, and China. Reports of this fish from other areas appear to be based on misidentifications of Epinephelus octofasciatus or the eightbar grouper.










It's Rarely Caught. Can you ID it?

Another mystery species from the IGFA! This rarely-caught species has just arrived for consideration for an All-Tackle world record. Can you accurately name this fish before we post the correct answer on IGFA's Facebook?

ANSWER: Congrats to those who answered Alfonsino (Beryx decadactylus)! Kevin Wong’s 3.77 kg (8 lb 5 oz) catch was made in October,2010 near Virginia Beach, USA and was submitted to the IGFA for a possible All-Tackle world record. The secret to the Alfonsino’s identity? The lateral line scales that extend onto the tail, and a pair of spines on the snout separate this fish from all the rest.





Is it a Tuna or a Giant Mackerel?

Time for another IGFA species challenge! This 131 kg (288 lb 12 oz) monster fish was named the All-Tackle record for its species in 2006, but it was caught in 1982. Comment on IGFA's Facebook page with your best guess and challenge your friends to name this species' identity. We’ll share the correct answer at the end of the week!

ANSWER:  This mystery fish was originally misidentified as a dog tooth tuna when it was first submitted for an All-Tackle record in 1982. The record was revisited in 2007, and staff determined the catch was actually a Scomberomorus sinensis – a Chinese seerfish. The difference? Chinese seerfish have a dip in the lateral line beneath the first dorsal fin. Dog tooth tuna also have a dipping lateral line, but it occurs beneath the second dorsal fin.