List of fish of Ireland

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The Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) appears on the old Irish florin coin (pictured), and also on the later ten-pence coins. It also features in the famous Irish legend of the Salmon of Knowledge.

This page gives a list of all species of fish found in the waters of Ireland. A separate list of freshwater fish is given at the bottom.


Class Myxini (hagfish)[edit]

Order Myxiniformes[edit]

The Atlantic hagfish


The European river lamprey, Lampetra fluviatilis.

Order Petromyzontiformes (lampreys)[edit]

Infraphylum Gnathostomata (jawed vertebrates)[edit]

Class Chondrichthyes (cartilaginous fish)[edit]

Subclass Elasmobranchii[edit]

Superorder Selachimorpha (Sharks and dogfish)[edit]
Scyliorhinus caniculain the Natural History Museum, London
Order Carcharhiniformes (ground sharks)[edit]
Order Hexanchiformes (frilled sharks)[edit]
Order Squaliformes[edit]
Order Lamniformes[edit]
Comparison between a shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrhinchus) above, and porbeagle (Lamna nasus) below
Superorder Batoidea[edit]
Order Rajiformes (skates and rays)[edit]
Raja clavata
Order Torpediniformes (electric rays)[edit]
Hexanchus griseus

Subclass Holocephali[edit]

Order Chimaeriformes (chimaeras)[edit]

Superclass Osteichthyes (boned fish) – Class Actinopterygii (ray-finned fish)[edit]

Subclass Chondrostei[edit]

Order Acipenseriformes[edit]
European sea sturgeon

Subclass Neopterygii[edit]

Infraclass Holostei[edit]

Superorder Clupeomorpha[edit]
Order Clupeiformes (herring & anchovies)[edit]
Superorder Elopomorpha[edit]
Order Anguilliformes (true eels)[edit]
Moray Eel
Order Notacanthiformes (halosaurs, spiny eels[edit]
Order Saccopharyngiformes (gulper eels)[edit]
Superorder Stenopterygii[edit]
Order Stomiiformes[edit]
Stomias and Grammatostomias sp.
Superorder Scopelomorpha[edit]
Order Myctophiformes (lanternfish)[edit]
Superorder Paracanthopterygii[edit]
Order Gadiformes (cod)[edit]
Melanogrammus aeglefinus
Pollachius pollachius
Macrourus berglax
Order Lophiiformes (anglerfish)[edit]
Order Ophidiiformes (pearlfishes, etc.)[edit]
Superorder Lampridiomorpha[edit]
Order Lampriformes[edit]
Superorder Ostariophysi[edit]
Order Cypriniformes[edit]
Superorder Protacanthopterygii[edit]

Order Salmoniformes (salmon, trout, whitefish)[edit]

Order Osmeriformes (smelts, etc.)[edit]

Superorder Cyclosquamata[edit]
Order Aulopiformes (grinners, lizardfishes)[edit]
Superorder Acanthopterygii[edit]
Order Atheriniformes (silversides)[edit]
Order Zeiformes (dories, etc.)[edit]
John Dory
Order Gasterosteiformes (sticklebacks, etc.)[edit]
Order Pleuronectiformes (flatfish)[edit]
Order Perciformes[edit]
Atlantic Wolf Fish
Order Scorpaeniformes (scorpionfish, sculpins)[edit]
Lumpsucker, Cyclopterus lumpus
Order Gasterosteiformes (sticklebacks)[edit]
Order Gobiesociformes (clingfishes)[edit]
Order Beryciformes (fangtooths, pineconefishes, etc.)[edit]
Silver spinyfin Diretmus argenteus
Order Syngnathiformes (pipefishes, seahorses)[edit]
Order Mugiliformes (mullets)[edit]
Order Tetraodontiformes[edit]
Order Beloniformes[edit]
Order Stephanoberyciformes (ridgeheads)[edit]

Freshwater fish[edit]

External links[edit]

  • pdf Peter S. Maitland.Ireland's most threatened and rare freshwater fish: an international perspective on fish conservation
  • [1] Aquatic Invasions European Chub pdf