Indo-Pacific Reef Fish Identification

The fantastic diversity of fish in the Indo-Pacific captures our sense of wonder. In this course, you will learn about what defines a species and how they are named. With so many different types of fish, you will discover how to identify fish by examining characteristics specific to common families in the Indo-Pacific coral reef. Test your knowledge and skill by identifying several species in an online activity. Share your knowledge on your next dive!

Appropriate grade range: 6-12

Learning Goals

  • Recognize the physical and behavioral characteristics used to classify and identify fish families.
  • Synthesize the knowledge, strategies, and skills about classification, geographical location, and morphological and behavioral characteristics that are used to help identify Indo-Pacific reef fish families.


  1. Sorting out Species
  2. Indo-Pacific Fish
  3. Identifying Reef Fish: Classification, Physical Characteristics, and Behavior
  4. Exploring Fish Families

Course Components

  • Online Assessment
  • Student Guide
  • Narrated Video
  • Interactives
  • Objectives for each Chapter
  • Certificate of Completion

Alignment to NGSS