13 “Finding Nemo” Fish Species In Real Life (With Pictures)

Finding Nemo is a wonderful family movie and we have tried to dig through the list of fish featured in the movie.

May we percent: the real cast of Finding Nemo!

Some of those fish were really easy to recognize and others took a little more effort. Let’s see if you agree with us in the list below where we have listed them all by name and species.

Let’s start with the main character: Nemo who is definitely a “Clownfish”!

Here are all the finding Nemo fish in real life. Most of them will live in a fish tank but some of them are only found in the wild nature like the Pacific ocean.

Nemo & Marlin (Clownfish)

Nemo & Marlin from Finding Nemo are clownfish

The Clownfish is also known under the name anemonefish. There are more than 30 species.

The White stripes across the body are very typical and characteristic. They make it easy to recognize this fish everywhere it goes (swims).

Dory (Surgeon Fish)

Dory from Finding Nemo is a surgeon fish

Dory, on the other hand, is a surgeonfish.

It has a beautiful light blue collar and a yellow stripe across the fin on the back. They are also known as “tang” and there are more than 75 species of these little fine little tropical fish.

It has gotten its name because of its resemblance to a surgeon’s scalpel. I’m not sure I totally agree on this point but it’s definitely a cute fish and it’s a great character in the movie as well.

Bruce (Great White Shark)

Bruce from Finding Nemo is a great white shark

Now we have moved away from the cute little species and we are looking at a big hungry shark.

Bruce is a great white shark and they are as dangerous and fierce as they look with their little eyes and sharp teeth. They are one of the fastest animals in the movie. In nature, the great white shark can become up to 20 feet in length that’s equal to more than 6 meters. They way around an astonishing 4000 pounds (1900 kilos).

Chum (Mako Shark)

Chum from Finding Nemo is a Mako Shark

Chum is also a shark. A Mako Shark.

Mako sharks are also known as a blue pointer or bonito sharks. This is actually the fastest shark where you find in nature. They can read an astonishing 42 mph (68 km/h). This is extremely fast when you remember that this is swimming and not driving!

Unfortunately, these great sharks are an endangered species according to the IUCN. You can read more here about endangered animals who are almost extinct.

Anchor (Hammerhead shark)

Anchor from finding nemo is a hammerhead shark

The character Anchor is definitely a hammerhead shark. It’s also very very special breed and the head looks like a hammer which is why it has gotten its funny name.

The hammerheads are actually a whole group of sharks. There are different kinds but they all have this very characteristic long face with an eye on each side.

The hammerhead will typically hunt in solitude during the night time. It can be as long as 20 feet which are equivalent to 6 meters. A Fun fact about the hammerhead sharks is that they have a pretty small mouth.

Crush & Squirt (Sea Turtles)

Crush & Squirt from Finding Nemo are Sea Turtles

Sea turtles are really great. Crush and Squirt from Finding Nemo are both sea turtles.

Sea turtles are also known as marine turtles. They are actually reptiles and there are seven different species of the sea turtles. They can have different colors and they also look quite different.

They are also very thick animals in nature as they could become up to 3 meters long which is around 9 feet. They are really good swimmers and they look really cute as they almost stand completely still in the water and stare at you.

Gill (Moorish Idol)

Gill from Finding Nemo is a Moorish Idol fish

The next fish from the lineup of Finding Nemo is the character, Gill. He is at Moorish Idol fish.

In the ancient history of Africa, this fish species is believed to be a bringer of happiness. They will typically eat from the corals and sponges in their natural habitat.

The body has a very special shape and you find a little thread going out towards the back from the fin at the top. Because of their amazing colors and the beautiful stripes they are very attractive as aquarium fish. They are also great among other species which is why people love having them in the aquarium.

Bubbles (Yellow Tang)

Bubbles from Finding Nemo is a Yellow Tang fish

Bubbles is a yellow tang fish. No doubt about that. They look totally cute and almost like they are smiling when you look at the little stripe between their eyes and the little pointy nose.

They will light up in an aquarium because of their strong yellow color. They are also very pretty and they have all the fins pointing towards the back. It almost looks like they are are going at full speed.

They are what we call a “diurnal” animal which means they can be awake during both night and day. They will typically stick to the bottom at the reef during the night.

Jacques (Pacific Cleaner Shrimp)

jacques from Finding Nemo is a pacific cleaner shrimp

Next in line is the Pacific cleaner shrimp. He’s also known as Jacques in the Finding Nemo movie.

They look really funny with their long pointy things sticking out of their head. The little black eyes are always watching and they have a ton of feet to move them forward almost like a crap.

They are not as dangerous as they look with the red colors and the orange feet.

Bloat (Porcupine Pufferfish)

Bloat from Finding Nemo is a Pufferfish

Let’s continue with the pufferfish, which is Bloat in the movie.

It’s a bulkier and more round fish and it’s not as fast or elegant as the other fish in the movie. They are also sometimes referred to as balloonfish are blowfish because of their round and almost inflated form.

It’s actually a toxic species and they are among the most poisonous vertebrates in the world. So even though they look cute and kind of dumb they are actually dangerous and you should beware of it if you ever come across it in nature.

Deb (Black & White Damselfish)

Deb from Finding Nemo is a Damselfish

There are more than 250 different species off the damselfish and they are tropical marine fish from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

They come in all kinds of colors like red, yellow, orange, and even blue. They will reach a length of around 6 inches which is equivalent to 15 cm. They are very fast and they are also territorial and can become quite aggressive if someone enters their domain.

Peach (Seastar)

The sea stars are very special animals. They are also known as starfish and they are one of the only animals who can live competed without a brain.

Fun fact
We find VERY few species without a brain in the animal kingdom. They are very special and truly remarkable. Check out this list of the other animals that don’t have a brain.

Gurgle (Royal Gramma)

Let’s finish off with another tiny but very colorful fish called the Royal Gramma.

They are also a tropical fish which you’ll find in the Atlantic Ocean. They are also very common and popular as aquarium fish like most of the other species we find among the lineup in finding Nemo.

It’s amazing how the fishing changes color from the front to the back. It’s just one more example of how fantastic life is below the surface of the oceans. They are around 3 inches long (8 centimeters) and they eat zooplankton like a lot of other tiny fish.

Morten Storgaard

I love pets and I've had several pets including hamsters, reptiles, birds, and fish. I have written extensively about pets and educational content about wild animals.

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