World’s Most Brightly Colored Fishes

The most colorful fishes in the world.

There are so many colorful fish in the world. They are the most sought fishes by aquarium lovers and divers. Here are some of the most brightly colored fishes in the world.

Rainbow Parrotfish (Scaus guacamaia)

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This fish, called the rainbow parrotfish, is one of the most uniquely colored fishes. The rainbow parrotfish is a species in the Scaridae family. It is found mostly in the Caribbean Sea. The rainbow parrotfish can be found on coral reefs at depths of 3 to 25 meters. An unusual feature of parrotfish is that they are able to change sex: females may become males.

Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus)

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This creature is not only weird looking but very colorful as well. It is called the peacock mantis shrimp also known as the harlequin mantis shrimp or painted mantis shrimp. It is a large mantis shrimp endemic to the Indo-Pacific from Guam to East Africa.

Peacocks are popular with aquarists for their bright colors and active behavior, but are definitely not reef safe, as they will eat most other tank occupants. Additionally, large specimens are capable of breaking very thick aquarium glass. They are active, intelligent, curious animals, capable of interacting with their keepers.

image by Erwin Kodiat (terong) via Flickr

Regal Angelfish (Pygoplites diacanthus)

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The Regal Angelfish is definitely one of the most beautiful fishes in the world. But it is difficult to keep, is very solitary (rarely found in pairs), and is a finicky eater needing sponges to survive. Because of these challenges, this is a fish that will not be seen in many community aquariums. But it is a beautiful fish!

Spectacled Parrot Fish

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This unique and beautiful is another species of parrotfish. Parrotfish are named for their oral dentition; their numerous teeth are arranged in a tightly packed mosaic on the external surface of the jaw bones, forming a parrot-like beak which is used to rasp algae from coral and other rocky substrates. Many species, including this spectacled parrotfish and the rainbow parrotfish, are brightly colored in shades of blue, green, red and yellow, but are not especially popular in aquaria.

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37 Responses to “World’s Most Brightly Colored Fishes”
  1. claris Says...

    On September 5, 2008 at 8:50 am

    very colorful

  2. Juancav Says...

    On September 5, 2008 at 9:25 am

    The rainbow under the sea.

  3. Unofre Pili Says...

    On September 5, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Colorful indeed!Thanks for the info

  4. Lauren Axelrod Says...

    On September 5, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Lovely article. The pictures are amazing.

  5. Leo Reyes Says...

    On September 5, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    beautiful and colorful. i feel like reviving my dormant aquarium

  6. acecampillo Says...

    On September 5, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    I like fishes that’s why I really like this article. I tried raising fishes but it was all a There is more to them than what you can literally see, they are included in the balance of nature, if all of them becomes extinct then it could be that humans will also be extinct. :)
    Great article!

  7. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On September 5, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    Fish are the most amazing creatures and your articles are always so informative. Best wishes, Ruby

  8. PR Mace Says...

    On September 5, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Thank you Nobert, for a brillant articles in words and pictures. The colors seem to pop out at you. P.S My dog Kole wants you to throw that treat across the seven seas into his Halloween basket.
    Always wishing you the best.

  9. Anne Lyken-Garner Says...

    On September 6, 2008 at 6:50 am

    Great pictures, I didn’t even know that some of these existed.

  10. B Nelson Says...

    On September 6, 2008 at 10:08 am

    It took 2 days, and multiple times trying to get this to load on dial up.. but it was well worth it, I have given it a Stumble Thumbs up! and will reveiw too! My father is an Icthyologist I couldnt get away without saying that shrimp and lobsters are not fish. Loved the pictures!

  11. eddiego65 Says...

    On September 6, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Truly beautiful and colorful creatures!

  12. Mark Gordon Brown Says...

    On September 6, 2008 at 10:22 am

    well worth it, excellent photo choices!

  13. quiet voice Says...

    On September 8, 2008 at 2:58 am

    ….Hi there nobert, what a beautiful
    set of photographs, with such colorful fish.

  14. Loreta Dorington Says...

    On September 8, 2008 at 6:43 am

    I always enjoy your articles about nature because they remind us of how great and wonderful God is. Thank you for letting us peep into the colorful world of fishes.

  15. Darlene McFarlane Says...

    On September 8, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    They are all so beautiful! Sure beats the bass, pike, and catfish for beauty that we have here.

  16. Melody Arcamo Lagrimas Says...

    On September 9, 2008 at 3:09 am

    Very colorful indeed. Amazing! I think I’ve seen a couple of those in local pet shops.

  17. Kimberley Says...

    On September 11, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    If I’m ever brave enough to try a salt water tank, I’d want some of these beauties in my tank. The rainbow parrot fish has always been one of my favorites but I’ve never seen a peacock mantis shrimp before. He’s gorgeous and thanks for sharing this.

  18. Rupertz Says...

    On September 12, 2008 at 3:45 am

    wow pre! i wish i had all this fish in a single aquarium. Magnificent article… colorful! Two thumbs up for this article!

  19. Denny Lyon Says...

    On September 15, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    a peacock shrimp, now that one takes the prize! fun article, thanks! ~ d

  20. nobert soloria bermosa Says...

    On September 19, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    thank you very much for reading and commenting, i appreciate it very much more than words can say

  21. r.thirumurugan mca tamilnadu india Says...

    On March 21, 2009 at 5:23 am

    good collections ,thank u for give the nature scenary

  22. Aspen Says...

    On March 29, 2009 at 7:16 am

    i never knew that fish were that bright.


  23. raniel Says...

    On July 23, 2009 at 6:08 am

    4 a nature lover like me, its astonishing….

  24. CINDY Says...

    On October 30, 2009 at 1:57 pm


  25. ashley Says...

    On January 8, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    4 of the fish are from findig nemo

  26. Mandy Says...

    On April 22, 2010 at 8:03 am

    ohh !! i love the first parrot fish !! its incredible what it can do !!

  27. Haniia Says...

    On April 22, 2010 at 8:04 am

    nice pictures !

  28. Cassidy Says...

    On April 23, 2010 at 8:00 am

    OHH !! they\\\’re so lovely and beautiful !! want them in my aquarium !! hey !! it\\\’s a wonterful idea !! i\\\’m doing a project on fishes !i\\\’m lucky today !

  29. Cassidy Says...

    On April 23, 2010 at 8:17 am

    THANK YOU SO MUCH JUANCAV !! your comment will be the title of my project !! =)

  30. Cassidy Says...

    On November 22, 2010 at 11:59 am

    hey i did my project on fishes it was such a nice one !!and i really put the title the rainbow under the sea !!

  31. Haniia Says...

    On November 22, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    hey yesterday i went to the aquarium ! i saw many fishes in the web site !! it’s really beautiful when you can see them moving !!it’s such a pleasure to see them again !

  32. Geny Says...

    On December 28, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Thanks for sharing…

  33. Bubuchi Says...

    On February 7, 2011 at 3:09 am

    I love the site and much thanx for tha info

  34. malay Memani Says...

    On August 7, 2011 at 10:54 am

    thanks for helping me in my project! :)

  35. N.Caesar Says...

    On October 21, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    They are the nature and beauty of under water,don`t you think so?

  36. N.Caesar Says...

    On October 21, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Fishes are like my friends dazzling here and there.

  37. Yamm Razeen Says...

    On November 7, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Sweet n lOvly creation of Almighty for human beings,Just enjoy..

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