Unrestricted Fish and Wildlife Species

Last Updated August 11, 2009

Listed Species: The following species of fish and wildlife, including tropical fish and invertebrates, do not require an importation permit or possession permit, and may be traded by commercial pet shops, pursuant to Title 12 MRSA, Subchapter 15 and Department Regulations Chapter 2.3, 7.01, and 7.04.

Reminder: A Wildlife or Fish Importation Permit is required from the Commissioner before any species not listed as “unrestricted” is transported or brought into the State of Maine. This includes any invertebrate not listed as “unrestricted” (e.g., exotic ladybugs for garden pest control, southern dragonfly species for mosquito control, farm-raised butterflies for wedding releases, etc.).

In addition, a Wildlife or Fish Possession Permit is required from the Commissioner before any fish or wildlife species regulated by the State, and not listed as “unrestricted,” is taken, possessed, or held in captivity. “Wildlife” means any species of the animal kingdom, except fish, that is wild by nature, whether or not bred or reared in captivity.

Maine Law states that a person may not take and possess snakes or turtles from the wild for export, sale, or commercial purposes. [12 MRSA, §12159]

Additions, deletions, or modifications to the “unrestricted” list of species: Requests to make changes to the “unrestricted” list of species may be submitted to the Wildlife Division, Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, 284 State Street, State House Station #41, Augusta, Maine, 04333; submissions must be made on an application form provided by the Department. All requests must include a review and processing fee of $50.00 for each species to be considered.

Many species have already been considered and rejected. Most recently, these include: Woma (python) [Aspedites ramsayi], Dumeril’s Boa [Acrantophis dumerili], Madagascar Tree Boa, Boa Mandrita [Sanzinia madagascariensis], Madagascar (Malagasy) Ground Boa [Acrantophis madagasascariensis], Texas Indigo Snake [Drymarchon melanurus], Eastern Indigo Snake [Drymarchon corias coupen], Reeve’s Turtle [Chinemys (Mauremys) reevesii], and Tomato Frogs [Diyscophus antongilli].

Tarantulas - All are restricted, but certain species may be approved under a special importation permit for individuals (not for pet shop trade). Snails - Because they serve as intermediate host for a wide range of aquatic parasites and other pathogens, all snails (Gastropoda) are restricted and can be imported only by a special importation permit with specific health certifications, therefore snails cannot be traded by commercial pet shops.

Red-Eared Slider, Trachemys scripta elegans – Beginning on January 1, 2010, the Commissioner will remove the red-eared slider from the list of Unrestricted Fish and Wildlife Species. On this date, it will no longer be legal for commercial pet shops to possess or offer for sale the red-eared slider. The Department has become aware of escaped or released populations of these non-native turtles in the wild. By removing the turtle from the unrestricted list, the Department seeks to minimize or prevent any further occurrence of this potentially invasive species. Red-eared sliders legally possessed by individuals prior to January 1, 2010 may continue to be possessed, but may not be sold, transferred, traded, or released.

Endangered Species - Animal Welfare:

Importers of wildlife must comply with CITES and Endangered and Threatened Species Regulations, and with State and Federal Animal Welfare laws. Under Maine law, in addition to Maine Warden Service, the Department of Agriculture Pet Shop Inspector may enforce Fish and Wildlife laws (Title 12 MRSA) relating to wildlife importation.

Species Identification: Because of the variety of common names in use, the latin scientific name of all wildlife and fish species sold in pet shops must be designated and readily available at inspection. They are listed here by common name first.

Questions regarding domestic animals, or about the pet shop license itself, should be addressed to the Department of Agriculture, Food & Rural Resources, Division of Regulations, Animal Welfare Unit, Station #28, Augusta, ME 04333. (207) 287-3846.

Questions regarding the unrestricted species list or the importation and possession of fish and wildlife should be addressed to the Maine Deptartment of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 284 State Street, 41 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0041. (207) 287-5261.


Common Name Scientific Name
Gerbils Gerbillus spp.
Hamsters Mesocricetus suratus var.
Rabbits Oryctolagus cuniculus var.
Mice Mus musculus var.
Mouse Acomys cahirinus
African Spiny Acomys cahirinus
Rats Rattus norvegicus var.
Guinea Pigs Cavia porcellus
Chinchilla Chinchilla laniger
Common Ferret Mustela putorious furo.
Sugar Glider Petaurus breviceps
Button Quail Coturnix
Degus Octodon degu


Common Name Scientific Name

Water Snakes


Northern Water Snake
Atlantic Salt Marsh Snake
Concho Water Snake

Nerodia spp.


N. Sipedon
N. clarkiitaeniata (E&T)
N. paucimaculata (E&T)

Rat Snakes, American (New World)

Mandarin Rat Snake  
Trinket Rat Snake  
Green Red-tailed Rat Snake  


Black Rat Snake
Old World Rat Snake

Elaphe spp.

Euprepiophis mandarinus
Coelognathus h. Helena
Gonyosoma oxycephala


Elaphe obsoleta
, (BIO) (E&T in MA)
Elaphe spp. (SN & BIO)

King Snakes


Scarlet King Snake
St. Helena Mt. King Snake

Lampropeltis spp.


L. triangulum elapsoides
L.Z. zonata (BIO)

Milk Snakes


Eastern Milk Snake
Red Milk Snake
Pale Milk Snake

Lampropeltis spp.


L. Triangulum triangulum
L. triangulum syspila (BIO)
L.T. multistrata (BIO)

Indigo Snake, South American Cribo


All U.S. Indigo Snakes (SN) (E&T)

Drymarchon spp. (Captive bred only)
Western Hognose Snake Heterodon nasicus
Gopher and Pine Snakes Pituophis melanoleucu
Glossy Snakes Arizona spp.
House Snakes Boaedon spp.
Sunbeam Snake Xenopeltis unicolor
Beauty Snakes Orthriophis taeniura


Spotted Python
Stimsons Python
Pygmy Python
Children’s Python
Angolan Python   
Ball Python    
Boelen's Python   
Blackheaded Python   

Sumatran Short-Tailed Python
Borneo Short Tailed Python
Blood Python
Calabar Burrowing Python   
D'Alberts Python   
Green Tree Python
Jungle Carpet Python   
Macklot's Python


Amazon Tree Boa   
Boa Constrictor, Red-tailed Boa 
Emerald Tree Boa   
Kenyan Sand Boa   
Rainbow Boa    
Rosey Boa    
Rough Scaled Sand Boa  
Solomon Island Boa 


Antaresia maculosa (Captive bred only)
Antaresia stimsoni
(Captive bred only)
Antaresia perthensis
(Captive bred only)
Antaresia childreni

Python anchietae
(Captive bred only)
Python regius
(Captive bred only)
Morelia boeleni
(Captive bred only)
Aspedites Melanocephalus
(Captive bred only)

Python curtus
(Captive bred only)
Python breitensteini
(Captive bred only)
Python brongersmai
(Captive bred only)

Calabaria reinhardtii (Captive bred only)
Liasis albertisii
(Captive bred only)
Morelia viridis
(Captive bred only)
Morelia spilota
Liasis macklotti
(Captive bred only)


Corallus hortulanus (Captive bred only)
Boa constrictor constrictor
Corallus caninus
(Captive bred only)
Eryx colubrinus loveridgei
(Captive bred only)
Epicrates cenchrin
Lichanur trivirgata
Eryx conicus
(Captive bred only)
Candioa candoia\
(Captive bred only)  

Common Name
Scientific Name
Common Agama Agama agama
Giant Ameiva Ameiva ameiva
Basilisks, common Basiliscus spp.
Bearded dragon Pogona vitticeps


New World     
Jackson Chameleon    
Panther Chameleon    
Parson's Chameleon    
Veiled Chameleon


Anolis spp.
Chamaeleo jacksoni
(Captive bred only)
Furcifer pardalis (Captive bred only)
Chamaeleo parsonii (Captive bred only)
Chamaeleo calyptratus (Captive bred only)

Chuckwalla, Chilean (only) Phymaturus spp.


African flat-tailed  Gecko   
Banded Gecko    
Day Gecko    
Gargoyle Gecko     
Giant Gecko     
Knob-Tailed Gecko (Exception: Nephrurus delani)
Leaf-tailed Geckos     
Leopard Gecko   
Mediterranean Gecko   
New Caledonian Crested Gecko 
Tokay Gecko


Hemitheconyx caudicinctus (Captive bred only)
Coleonyx spp.
Phelsuma spp.
Rhacodactylus auriculatus
Rhacodactylus leachianus

Nephrurus spp. (Captive bred only)
Uroplatus spp. (Captive bred only)
Eublepharis spp.
Hemidaclybus spp.
Rhacodactylus ciliatus
Gecko gecko

Lizard, Alligator Gerrhonotus spp.
Lizard, Collard and leopard Crotaphytus spp.
Lizard, Curly-tailed Leiocephalus spp.
Lizard, False club-tailed Pseudocordylus spp.
Lizard, Frilled Dragons Chlamydosaurus kingii
Lizard, Spiny-tailed Uromastyx spp. (Captive bred only)
Lizard, Glass Ophisaurus spp.
Lizard, Greater Earless Holbrookia spp.
Lizard, Mountain-horned Calotes spp.
Lizard, Plated Gerrhosaurus spp.
Lizard, Rock Platysaurus spp.
Lizard, Side blotched Uta spp.
Lizard, Spiny Sceloporus spp.
Lizard, Girdle-tailed Cordylus spp.
Lizard, Tree and Bush Urosaurus spp.
Lizard, Zebra-tailed Calisaurus spp.
Lizard, Black (spiny tailed) Ctenosaurus spp.
Lizard, Whiptail Cnemidophorus spp.
Lizard, Night Xantusia spp.


Black Tree Monitor     
Blue Tree Monitor     
Green Tree Monitor     
Spiny-Tailed Monitor     
Timor Monitor


Varanus beccarii (Captive bred only)
Varanus macraei
(Captive bred only)
Varanus prasinus prasinus
(Captive bred only)
Varanus acanthurus
(Captive bred only)
Varanus timorensis
(Captive bred only)

Skink, Blue tongue (captive bred only) Tiligua spp.
Skink, Southwestern Five-lined Eumeces inexpectatus
Tegu, Common (captive bred only) Tupinambis spp.
Tegu, dwarf Callopistes spp.
Water dragon Physignathus spp.
So. American Swift (Exception: L.Altissimus) Liolaemus spp.

Turtles and Tortoises (must be min. 4 dia.)

Common Name
Scientific Name


Amboina Box Turtle  
Mississippi Mud Turtle  
Striped Mud Turtle  
White Lipped Mud Turtle


Greek Tortoise    
Herman's Tortoise     
Red-Foot Tortoise     
Russian Tortoise     
Yellow-foot Tortoise     


Cuora amboinensis (Captive bred only)
Kinosternon subrubrum hippocrepis
(Captive bred only)
Kinosternon baurii
(Captive bred only)
Kinosternon leucostomum
(Captive bred only)

Testudo graeca
(Captive bred only)
Testudo hermanni
(Captive bred only)
Chelonoidis carbonaria
(Captive bred only)
Agrionemys (formerly Testudo) horsfieldii
(Captive bred only)
Chelonoides denticulate
(Captive bred only)

Common Name
Scientific Name

Arrow frogs


Golden poison frog (E&T)
Golfoduicean poison frog (E&T)   

Dendrobates spp. (Captive bred only)
Phyllobates spp. (Captive bred only)


Phyllobates terribilis (E&T)
Phyllobates vittatus (E&T)

Green Tree Frog Hyla cinerea
Horned Frog Ceratophrys spp.
Pixie Frog (African Bullfrog) Pyxicephalus spp. (Captive bred only)
Red Eyed Tree Frog Agaychnis spp.
White Lipped Tree Frog   Litoria infrafrenata
Whites Tree Frog Litoria caerulea
Freshwater Crabs: All crabs of the tribe Brachyura are unrestricted.


Birds - (Non-Native)

All pet birds including federally regulated birds listed below, including finches and parrots brought into this state must be obtained from companies that are registered with the Me. Dept. of Agriculture.

Common Name
Scientific Name
Diamond Dove Geopelia c. cuneata
Rock Dove Columba liva, var.
Mannikens Lonchura spp.
Canary Serinus cariria


The following families of finches will be generally unrestricted. This includes most finches and weaver finches except the sparrows): Listed CITES I species and Endangered Species may not be imported.

Examples of unregulated commonly traded species:

Family: Fringillidae, subfamily Fringillinae
Family: Ploceidae (weavers and weaver finches), subfamily Viduinae, Euplectinae, and Plocicinae.
Family Estrildidae except genus Passer (sparrows).


With the exception of the gray or monk parakeet, (also known as quaker) Myiopsitta monachus, the entire Psittacine family will be generally unrestricted. This family includes the parrots, parakeets, cockatoos, cockateels, macaws, lovebirds, etc. Listed CITES and Endangered Species may not be imported unless legally exempted. Check the red book (the US Fish and Wildlife Service endangered species listing world wide), or with your supplier before importing. You will be held responsible for improper importations.

Psittacine family
Alphabetical List of Fishes by Scientific Name
Common Names Used in Trade and Sale of Fishes
Scientific Name (genus & species subspecies) 
High-Backed Headstander
Abramites hypselonotus hypselonotus
Cat, Talking Catfish, Spiny Catfish Acanthodoras spinosissimus  
Long-Nosed Loach, Horse-Face Loach
Acantopsis dialuzona  
Barracuda, Freshwater, Spotted Cachorro
Acestrorhynchus falcatus  
Barracuda, Amazon Cachorro, Dog Characin
Acestrorhynchus falcirostris  
Cichlid, Blue Spot Cichlid, Blue Acara
Aequidens pulcher  
Cichlid, Green Terror, Esmeralda Cichlid
Aequidens rivulatus  
Cat, White-Spot Doradid, Talking Catfish, Spotted Doras
Agamyxis pecthifrons  
Cichlid, Compressiceps, Compressed Cichlid
Altolamprologus compressiceps  
Cat, Hancock's Doradid, Talking Catfish, Striped Doras, Flying Pan Catfish, Hancock's Amblydoras
Amblydoras hancockii  
Cichlid, Red Devil, Thicklips Cichlid
Amphilophus labiatus  
Red Devil, Thicklips Cichlid Amphilophus labiatus  
Four-Eyes, Striped Four-Eyed Fish Anablep anableps  
Snowflake Bristlenose Ancistrus hoplogenys  
Big-spot Bristlenose Ancistrus lineolataus  
Temminck's Bristlenose, Bristlenose Catfish Ancistrus temminckii; A. dolichopterus  
Striped Anostomus, Striped Headstander
Anostomus anostomus amostomus  
Gray-Lined Anostomus
Anostomus garmani  
Anostomus, four-spot Four-Spotted Headstander
Anostomus gracilis  
False Three-Spotted Anostomus Anostomus spiloclistron
Lisa Anostomus, Lisa Anostomus taeniatus
Ternetz's Anostomus, Red-Mouth Headstander Anostomus ternetzi
Odd-Lip Anostomus Anostomus trimaculatus
Three-Spot Anostomus Anostomus trimaculatus
Checkerboard Anostomus Anostomus varius
Agissiz Dwarf Cichlid Apistogramma agassizii
Banded Dwarf Cichlid Apistogramma bitaeniata
Borelli’s Dwarf Cichlid, Yellow Dwarf Cichlid, Umbrella Dwarf Cichlid Apistogramma borellii
Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid, Big Mouth Apistogramma, Crested Dwarf Cichlid Apistogramma cacatuoides
Net Dwarf Cichlid, Amazon Dwarf Cichlid, Pertensis Dwarf Cichlid Apistogramma pertensis
Three-Stripe Dwarf Cichlid, Blue Apistogramma, Drifasciata Dwarf Cichlid Apistogramma trifasciata trifasciata
Blue Panchax, Panchax Panchax, Panchax Aplocheilus panchax panchax
Black Ghost, Knife Fish Ghost, Knifefish Black Ghost Apteronotus albifrons
Long-Nosed Black Ghost, Knife Fish, Brown Ghost Apteronotus leptrohynchus
Zebra Cichlid, Convict Cichlid Archocentrus nigrofasciatus
Arius Catfish, West American Shark Cat, Jordon's Catfish, Shark Catfish Arius seemani
Tetra, Glass, Glass Headstander, Small-scaled Glass-characin Asiphonichthys condei
Bloyet's Mouthbrooder Astatotilapia bloyeti
Oscar, Red Oscar, Peacock Cichlid, Velvet Cichlid. Includes: Big-Spot Oscar, Marble Oscar, Plane-Colour Oscar, Blackfin Oscar, Red-Pearl Oscar. Astronotus ocellatus
Albino Oscar Astronotus ocellatus albino
Blind Cave Tetra Astyanax fasciatus mexicanus
Badis, Blue Dwarf, Dwarf Perch, Chameleonfish, Dwarf Chameleon Fish Badis badis.badis
Cat, Black Lancer Catfish Bagrichthys hypselpterus
Tricolor Shark, Bala Shark, Silver Shark Balantiocheilus melanopterus
Sucker Barb, Siam Highfin Shark, Sucker Barb Barbichthys laevis
Arulius Barb, Longfin Barb, Filament Barb Barbus arulius
Two-Spotted Barb, Red-Striped Barb Barbus bimaculatus
Rosy Barb, Red Barb Barbus conchonius
Clown Barb, Everett's Barb Barbus everetti
T-Barb, Spanner Barb Barbus lateristriga
Black-Ruby Barb, Ruby Barb, Purple-Headed Barb Barbus nigrofasciatus
Checkered Barb, Checkerboard Barb, Island Barb, Iridescent Barb, Chequer Barb Barbus oligolepis
Golden Barb, Sachs' Barb, Gol-Finned Barb Barbus sachsi
Tinfoil Barb, Schwanenfeld's Barb Barbus schwanefeldi
Green Barb, Thin-Banded Barb, Chineses Barb, Half-Striped Bab, Half-Banded Barb, Gold Bard Barbus semifasciolatus
Tiger Barb, Sumatran Barb Barbus tetrazona.tetrazona
Cherry Barb Barbus titteya
Madagascan Rainbowfish Bedotia geayi
Pike Topminnow, Piketop Minnow, Pike Killifish, Pike Livebearer Belonesox belizanus belizanus
Pearly Betta Betta anabatoides
Slender Betta Betta bellica
Painted Betta Betta bellica
Betta, Chinese fighting fish Betta splendens
Bengal Loach, Queen Loach Botia dario
Le Conti's Loach, Red-Finned Loach, Red-Tailed Blue Shark, Gold Fin Loach Botia lecontei
Pakistani Loach, Pakistani Shark Botia lohachata
Clown Loach, Tiger Botia
Botia macracanthus
Orange-Finned Loach Botia modesta
Hora's Loach Cream Botia, Skunk Loach Botia morleti
Zebra Loach, Striped Botia Botia striata
Spotted Pike, Characin Boulengerella maculata
Pearl Danio, Gold Danio, Spotted Danio Brachydanio albolineatus
Leopard Danio Brachydanio frankei
Zebra Danio, Zebra Brachydanio rerio
Golden-Banded Goby, Doria's Bumblebee Goby, Doria's Bumblebeefish Brachygobius doriae
Golden-Banded Goby, Doria's Bumblebee Goby, Doria's Bumblebeefish Brachygobius doriae
Common Brochis, Green Brochis, Emerald Catfish, Sailfin Corydoras, Short-Bodied Catfish Brochis splendens
Slender Armored Catfish, Bubble-Nest-Building Catfish, Armored Catfish, Callichthys Catfish Callichthys callichthys callichthys
Goldfish Carassius auratus auratus
Marble Hatchetfish Carnegiella strigata strigata
Frogmouth Catfish, Chocolate Frogmouth Catfish Chaca bankanensis
Chalceus, Yellow-Finned Chalceus, Pink-Tailed Characin, Pink-Tailed Chalceus Chalceus macrolepidotus
Indian Glassfish, Glassfish, Glass Perch Chanda ranga
Glass Headstander, Humpbacked Headstander, Glass Characin Charax gibbosus
Spotted Headstander, Pearl Headstander, Spotted Headstander Chilodus punctatus
Pike Cichlid, Peacock Bass, Peacock Cichlid, Eyespot Cichlid, Lukanani Cichla ocellaris
Rio Grande Perch, Texas Cichlid, Pearl Cichlid Cichlasoma cyanoguttatum
Port Cichlid, Black Acara, Port Acara, Brown Acara, Golden Cichlid Cichlasoma portalegrensis
Cichlid, Keyhole Cichlid Cleithracara maronii
Banded Gourami, Little Giant Gouram,i Giant Gourami, Striped Gourami, Banded Gourami, Indian Gourami, Rainbow Gourami Colisa fasciata
Gourami, Thick Lipped Gourami Colisa labiosa
Gourami, Dwarf Gourami, Sunset Gourami Colisa lalia
Gourami, Honey Gourami, Honeycomb Gourami, Honey Dwarf Gourami Colisa sota
Bronze Catfish, Schultz's Catfish, Aeneus Catfish Corydoras aeneus
Corydora, Skunk Cat Arched Corydoras, Skunk Cory, Tabatinga Catfish Corydoras arcuatus
Corydoras, Elegant Cory Corydoras elegans
Black-Spotted, Corydoras Black Sail Cory Corydoras melanistius melanistius
Corydoras, Bandit Cory, Masked Corydoras Corydoras metae
Corydoras, Blue Cory Natterer's Catfish, Blue Catfish Corydoras nattereri
Corydoras, Panda Cory Corydoras panda
Cat, Pygmy Corydoras Corydoras pygmaeus
Corydoras, Network Catfish, Reticulated Corydoras Corydoras reticulatus
Flagtail Corycat, Robina's Cory, Mrs Schwartz's Catfish, Flagtail Corydoras Corydoras robineae
Schwartz's Cory Corydoras schwartzi
Catfish, Leopard Corydoras, False Julii Catfish, Three-Line Cory Corydoras trilineatus
Cat, Peppered Corydoras, Mottled Catfish Corydorus paleatus
Saxa Crenicichla, Rocky Pike Cichlid, White-Spotted Pike Cichlid, Ring-Tailed Pike Cichlid, Spangled Pike Cichlid Crenicichla saxatilis
Fox, Siamese Flying Fox (fish) Crossocheilus siamensis
Ornate Ctenopoma, Orange Bushfish Ctenopoma ansorgii
Pearlscale Ctenopoma, Pearl Bushfish Ctenopoma damasi
Kingsley's Ctenopoma, Tail-Spot Climbing Perch, Tailspot Bushfish Ctenopoma kingsleyae
Dwarf Ctenopoma, Gaboon Dwarf Bushfish Ctenopoma nanum
Sharp-Nosed Combing Perch, Marbled Climbing Perch, Sharp-Nosed Ctenopoma, Mottled Ctenopoma
Ctenopoma oxyrhynchum
Barb, Skin-head Cyclocheilichthys apogon
Cichlid, Frontosa Cichlid Cyphotilapia frontosa
Cichlid, Blue Lumphead, Blue Dolphin Cichlid Cyrtocara moorii
Danio, Giant Danio Danio aequipinnatus
Siamese Tiger Fish Datniodes microlepis
Datnoid, Many-Barred Tiger Fis,h Siamese Tiger,, Four-Barred Tiger Fish Datniodes quadrifasciatus
Halfbeak Wrestling Half, Malayan Halfbeak Dermogenys pusillus pusillus
Cat, Porthole Catfish Dianema longibarbis
Cat, Flag-Tailed Catfish, Striped-Tailed Catfish Dianema urostriata
Malawi Eye-Biter Dimidiochromis compressiceps
Red-Finned Distichodus Distichodus notospilus
Short-Nosed Clown Tetra, Six-Barred Distichodus Distichodus sexfasciatus
Two-Colored Banjo Catfish, Banjo Catfish Dysichthys coracoideus coracoideus
Green Knife Fish Eigenmannia virescens
Electric Eel Electrophorus electricus
Red-Tailed Labeo, Red Finned Black Shark Epalzeorhynchus bicolor
Ruby Shark, Rainbow Shark, Red-Finned Shark Epalzeorhynchus frenatus
Cat, Flying Fox Epalzeorhynchus kallopterus
Shark, Flying Fox Epalzeorhynchus kallopterus
Snakefish, Ropefish, Reedfish Erpetoichthys calabaricus
Chromide, Orange Chromide Etroplus maculatus
Three-Striped Glass Catfish, African Glass Catfish, Congo Glass Catfish Eutropiellus debauwi
Bucktoothed Tetra Exodon paradoxus
Common Hatchetfish, Black-Lined Silver Hatchetfish, Silver Hatchetfish Gasteropelecus sternicla
Brazil Geophagus, Pearl Cichlid, Brasilian High-Hat Geophagus braziliensis
Spotted Sailfin, Sucker Catfish Glyptoperichthys gibbiceps
Elephant-Nose, Peter's Elephantnose, Long Nosed Elephant Fish Gnathonemus petersii
Blunt-jaw elephantnose Gnathonemus tamandua
Aba Aba Gymnarchus niloticus
Black Tetra, Black Widow Longfinned Black Tetra Gymnocorymbus ternetzi
Mouthbrooder, Paraguay Balzani Cichlid Paraguay Eartheater Gymnogeophagus balzanii
Sucking Loach Chinese Algae Eater Indian Algae Eater Siamese Algae Eater Gyrinocheilus aymonieri
Hampala Silver and Red Barb Sidebar Barb Hampala macrolepidota
Burton's Hap; Burton's Mouth-Brooder Burton's Nigerian Mouthbreeder Haplochromis burtoni
Silver-Tipped Tetra, Hearing's Silver-Tipped Tetra Hasemania nana
Kissing Gouram,i Green Kissing Gourami, Pink Kissing Gourami Helostoma temminckii
Jewel Cichlid, Jewelfish Red Cichlid Hemichromis bimaculatus
Lifalili Cichlid, Blood-Red Jewel Cichlid Hemichromis lifalili
Buenos Aires Tetra Hemigrammus caudovittatus
Glowlight Tetra Hemigrammus erythrozonus
Head and Tail Light, Beacon Fish Hemigrammus ocellifer
Pretty Tetra, Black Wedge Tetra, Garnet Tetra Hemigrammus pulcher pulcher
Rummy Nose, Red-Nosed Tetra Hemigrammus rhodostomus
Golden Tetra, Roadway's Tetra Hemigrammus rodwayi
Black and White Tailed, Half-Striped Characin, Hemiodus, Half-Lined Hemiodus Hemiodopsis semitaeniatus
Barton's Cichlid Herichthys bartoni
Pearlscale Cichlid
Herichthys carpintis
Black Belt Cichlid Herichthys maculicauda
Manaquense Cichlid Herichthys managuensis
Severum Cichlid, Eye Spot Cichlid, Banded Cichlid, Convict Fish Heros severus
Rainbow Cichlid Herotilapia multispinosa
Common Trahita, Tiger Tetra Hoplias malabaricus
Port Hoplo, Bubblenest Catfish Hoplo Cat Atipa Hoplosternum thoracatum thoracatum
Flame Tetra Red Tetra from Rio Red Tetra Tetra Von Rio Hyphessbrycon flammeus
Bleeding Heart Tetra Tetra Perez Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma
Black Tetra Black Neon Tetra Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi
Loreto Tetra Hyphessobrycon loretoensis
Lemon Tetra Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis
Golden Phantom Tetra Hyphessobrycon roseus
Serpa Tetra Blood Characin Jewel Tetra Callistus Tetra Tetra Serpae Hyphessobrycon serpae
Knifefish, Slender-tailed Knife Fish Hypopygus lepturus
Dotted Hypostomus Hypostomus micropunctatus
Plecostomus, Pleco Plecostomus Cafish Sucker Catfish Hypostomus plecostomus Florida grown?
Chocolate Cichlid Hypselecara coryphaenoides
Rusty Cichlid Melanochromis Brevis Iodotropheus sprengerae
American Flagfish, Flagfish Jordanella floridae
Glass Catfish Ghost Catfish Indian Ghost Kryptopterus bicirrhis
Black Shark Labeo chrysophekadion
Red-Fin Shark Rainbow Shark Labeo erythrurus
Variegated Shark Harlequin Shark Blotchy Shark Labeo variegatus
Fulleborn's Cichlid Labeotropheus fuelleborni
Trewavas' Cichlid Red-Top Cichlid Labeotropheus trewavasae
Orange-Lined Cichlid Labidochromis exasperatus
Dwarf Flag Cichlid Flag Cichlid Flag Acara Flag Laetacara Thayer's Cichlid Blunthead Laetacara curviceps
Jonklaas's Loach Lepidocephalus jonklaasi
South American Lungfish Lepidosiren paradoxa
Black-Banded Leporinus Banded Leporinus Striped Leporinus Leporinus fasciatus fasciatus
Eight-Banded Leporinus Leporinus octofasciatus
Belted Leporinus Leporinus pellegrini
Red-Finned Cigar Shark River Barb Pink-Tailed Barb Leptobarbus hoevenii
Auritus Limnochromis auritus
Cat, Jaguar Catfish Liosomadoras oncinus
Zebra Cichlid Lobochilotes labiatus
Long-Finned Apollo Shark Luciosoma sentigerum
Half-Banded Spiny Eel Macrognathus circumcinctus
Spot-Finned Spiny Eel Macrognathus saimensis
Gourami, Paradise Fish Macropodus opercularis
Electric Catfish Malapterurus electricus
White Spotted Spiny Eel Spiny Eel Tire Track Eel Mastacembelus armatus armatus
Fire Eel Mastacembelus erythrotaenia
Black Phantom Tetra Megalamphodus megalopterus
Chipokae Mbuna Melanochromis chipokae
Johanni Mbuna
Melanochromis johannii
Parallel-Striped Mbuna Melanochromis parallelus
Boeseman's Rainbowfish Melanotaenia boesemani
Maryland's Rainbowfish Melanotaenia maylandi
Splendid Rainbowfish Cape York Rainbowfish Eastern Rainbowfish Pink-Tailed Australian Rainbow Melanotaenia splendida
Checkered Rainbow Fish Melanotaenia splendida inornaata
Festive Cichlid, Flag Cichlid Mesonauto festivus
Metynnis, Plain Metynnis Metynnis hypsauchen hypsauchen
Ram Butterfly, Dwarf Cichlid Ramirez', Dwarf Cichlid, Ramirezi Butterfly Cichlid Microgeophagus ramirezi
Red-Line Pipefish, Microphis brachyurus brachyurus
Diamond Tetra, Pitter's Tetra Moenkausia pittieri
Yellow-Banded Moenkhausia, Red-Eye Tetra, Red-Eyed Tetra Moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae
South American Leaf Fish, Barbeled Leaf Fish, Leaffish Monocirrhus polyacanthus
Mono, Fingerfish Moon Fish, Mono Malayan Angel, Natal Moony Silver Batfish, Singapore Angel Monodactylus argenteus
Mormyrid, Torpedo Mormyrid Mormyrops engystoma
Golden Mylossoma, Silver Dollar Mylossoma aureum
Silver Mylossoma, Hard-Bellied Silver Dollar, Hard-Bellied Characin Mylossoma duriventre
Silver Mylossoma, Hard-Bellied Silver Dollar, Hard-Bellied Characin Mylossoma duriventre
Two-Spot Catfish, Bar-Tail Mystus, Two-Spot Pink Bagrid Mystus micracanthus
Cichlid, Salvin's Cichlid Nandopsis salvini
Brown-tailed Pencilfish, Three-Striped Pencilfish, Tube-Mouthed Pencilfish, Hochey Stick Pencilfish, Black-Tailed Pencil Fish, Diptail Pencilfish, Tube-Mouthed Pencilfish, Pencilfish Nannobrycon eques
One-Lined Pencilfish, Red-Tailed Pencil Fish Nannobrycon unifasciatus
Three-Lined Pencilfish, Three-Banded Pencilfish Nannostomus trifasciatus duplicate?
Emperor Tetra, Black Emperor Tetra Nematobrycon palermi
Cichlid, Livinstoni Nimbochromis livingstonii
Polystigma Nimbochromis polystigma
Benustus Hap, Benustus Hap Venustus Nimbochromis venustus
Metynnis, Red-eyed No specific species listed.
Arowana, Silver Arowana, Aruana Arawana Osteoglossum bicirrhosum
Black Arowana Osteoglossum ferreirai
Dwarf Otocinclus, Golden Otocinclus, Midget Sucker Catfish, Sucking Catfish ,Golden Dwarf Sucker Catfish Otocinclus affinis
Royal Panaque, Pin-Striped Plec Panaque, Gold Nugget Plec Panaque nigrolineatus
Blue-eyed panaque, Blue-eyed Plecostomus Panaque suttoni
Siamese Shark, Asian Shark, Catfish Irridescent Shark, Catfish Pangasius sutchi
Siamese Shark, Asian Shark, Catfish Irridescent Shark, Catfish Pangasius sutchi
Javanese Loach Pangio javanicus
Kuhli Loach, Coolie Loach, Leopard Eel Prickly Eye Striped Loach Pangio kuhlii kuhlii
Coolie Loach, Slimy Myersi Kuhli Loach, Myer's Loach, Slimy Loach Pangio kuhlii myersi
Butterfly, African Butterfly Fish Pantodon buchhoizi
Cardinal Tetra Paracheirodon axelrodi
Neon Tetra, Neontetra Paracheirodon innesi
Cat, West African Glass Catfish Paraila occidentalis
Brazil Butterfly, Pretty Peckoltia, Striped Plec Peckoltia pulcher
Banded Peckoltia, Clown Pleco, Striped Sucker Peckoltia vittata
Kribensis Purple Cichlid, Dwarf Rainbow Cichlid, Common Krib Pelvicachromis pulcher
Congo Tetra, Feathertail Tetra, Spike Tail Tetra Phenacogrammus interruptus
Redtail Catfish Phractocephalus hemioliopterus
Cat, African Whiptailed Catfish Phractura ansorgi
Slender Pimelodella Pimelodella gracilis
White-Striped Pimelodus, Banded Pimelodus Pimelodus albofaciatus
Cat, Dusky Dusky Pimelodus Pimelodus blochii
Polka-Dot Catfish, Angelicus Pimelodus, Spotted Pimelodella Pimelodus pictus
Polka-Dot Catfish, Angelicus Pimelodus, Spotted Pimelodella Pimelodus pictus
Deep-Water Haplo Placidochromis electra
Striped Raphael Catfish, Humbug Catfish Platydoras armatus
False Chocolate Doradid Platydoras costatus
Sailfin Molly, Green Sailfin Molly Poecilia latipinna
Guppy Millionsfish Poecilia reticulata
Black Molly, Pointed-Mouth Molly, Short-Finned Molly, Mexico Molly, Shortfin Molly, Yellow Sphenops Molly, Molly Sphenops, Molly Sphenops, Mexican Molly Poecilia sphenops
Mexican Sailfin, Molly Green-Sailfin, Molly Yucatan, Molly Sail-Fin, Molly Poecilia velifera
Dusky Whale (fish) Pollimyrus nigripinnis
Armored Bichir, Banded Sailfin Polypterus delhezi
Reticulated Freshwater Stingray Potamotrygon reticulatus
X-ray Fish, Pristella Water Goldfinch, Albino Pristella Pristella maxillaris
Dwarf Egyptian, Mouth-Brooder Dwarf, Mouthbrooder Egyptian, Mouthbrooder Small, Mouth-Brooder Dwarf, Eqyptian Mouthbreeder Pseudocrenilabrus multicolor multicolor
Gourami, Day's Paradise fish Pseudosphromenus day
Aurora Cichlid, Pseudotropheus Lucerna Pseudotropheus aurora
Slender Cichlid, Elongated Nyasa Cichlid, Slender Pseudotropheus Pseudotropheus elongatus
Kennyi Mbuna Pseudotropheus Kenyi Pseudotropheus Lilancinius Pseudotropheus lombardoi
Eduard's Mbuna Pseudotropheus Pindani Pseudotropheus socolofi
Zebra Cichlid, Nyassa Blue Cichlid, Red-Top Zebra, Zebra Mazinzi Nyasa, Blue Cichlid Pseudotropheus zebra
Deep Angelfish, Altum Angel, Long-Finned Angelfish Pterophyllum altum
Long-Nose Angelfish Pterophyllum dumerili
Angelfish, Lesser Angelfish, Scalare Pterophyllum scalare
Gold Pleco, Many-Rayed Sailfin, Sucker, Catfish Pterygoplichthys multriadiatus
Redtailed Rasbora, False Magnificent Rasbora, Brilliant Rasbora Rasbora borapetensis
Long-Band Rasbora, Brilliant Rasbora, Einthoven's Rosbora, Blackstripe Rasbora Rasbora einthovenii
Two-Spot Rasbora, Elgant Rasbora, Yellow Rasbora Rasbora elegans elegans
Harlequin Fish, Harlequin Rasbora, Red Rasbora, Harlequin Rasbora Rasbora heteromorpha
Clown Rasbora, Iridescent Rasbora, Big-Spot Rasbora Rasbora kalochroma
Spotted Rasbora, Pigmy Rasbora, Dwarf Rasbora Rasbora maculata
Red-Striped Rasbora, Redline Rasbora, Glowlight Rasbora Rasbora pauciperforata
Three-line Rasbora Scissortailed Rasbora Rasbora trilineata
Malawi Torpedo Rhamphchromis macrophthalmus
Eel Knife Fish Rhampichthys rostratus
Cat, Regan's bishop there is no common name associated with this scientific name. Rineloricaria fallax
Earth-Eater, Demon Fish Satanoperca jurupari
Scat Argus Fish, Spotted Scat, Spotted Butterfish Scatophagus argus argus
Electric Blue Haplo, Haplochromis Big Eye Sciaenochromis ahli
Plain-Body Prochilodus, Silver Prochilodus Semaprochilodus taeniurus
Flag-Tailed Prochilodus Semaprochilodus theraponura
Shovel-Nose Catfish Sorubim lima
Chocolate Gourami, Sphaerichthys osphromenoides
African Blockhead, Lionhead Cichlid, Bumphead Cichlid, Buffalohead Cichlid, Flathead Cichlid Steatocranus casuarius
Knight Goby Stigmatogobius sadanundio
Panama Sturisoma Royal Whiptail Royal Farowella Sturisoma panamense
Discus Discus Fish, Green Discus Blue Discus Symphysodon aequifasciatus aequifasciatus
Discus fish, Discus Hecke,l Discus Red, Discus Pompadour Symphysodon discus discus
American Marbled Eel Synbranchus marmoratus
Congo High-Fin, Synodontis Albert's Catfish Synodontis alberti
Angel Catfish, Polka-Dot Synodontis, Polda-Dot African Catfish
Synodontis angelicus
Brichard's Synodontis Synodontis brichardi
Feather-Fin Synodontis Synodontis eupterus
Cuckoo Syndontis, Multi-Spotted Synodontis Synodontis multipunctatus
Black Spotted Upside Down Catfish Synodontis nigriventris
Spotted Synodontis, One-Spot Catfish Synodontis notatus
Poll's Upside-Down Catfish, Leopard Catfish Synodontis polli
Vermiculated Synodontis Synodontis schoutedeni
Blue-line silver tetra; Big-Eyed Characin; Silver Tetra Tetragonopterus argenteus
Puffer Fish, Figure-Eight Puffer, Striped Puffer Tetraodon palembangensis
Penguin Fish, Boehlke's Penguin, Bohlke's Penguin Thayeria boehlkei
Silver Hatchetfish,
Thoracocharax stellatus
Firemouth Cichlid
Thorichthys meeki
Seven-Spot Archer Fish, Common Archer Fish Toxotes chatareus
Archer Fish Toxotes jaculatrix
Gourami, Pearl Pearl Gourami, Lace Gourami, Leeri Mosaic Gourami Trichogaster leeri
Moonlight Gourami, Moonbeam Gourami Trichogaster microlepis
Snake-Skinned Gourami Trichogaster pectoralis
Three-Spot Blue Gourami, Blue Gourami Spotted Gourami Trichogaster trichopterus trichopterus
Dwarf Croaking Gourami, Pygmy Gourami, Sparking Gourami Trichopsis pumila
Yellow-Finned Hatchetfish, Yellowfin Giant Hatchet, Pretty Chalcinus Triportheus albus
African Knife fish Xenomystus nigri
Swordtail, Green Swordtail Helleri Xiphophorus helleri
Platy, Southern Platy, Moon Platy Xiphophorus maculatus
Variegated Platy, Variatus Platy, Variable Platy Sunset, Platy Platy Variatus Xiphophorus variatus


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