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Category Archives: Saltwater Fish

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    Gag Grouper

    Posted on August 6, 2012 by in Saltwater Fish

    Gag Grouper: Mycteroperca microlepis Appearance: Brownish gray in color with dark, worm-like side markings Fins dark, with anal and caudal having a white margin Lack of brassy spots as found on black grouper Slightly concave tail Noticable spur located on the preopercle Habitat: Adults inhabit rocky bottoms, reefs and drop-off walls in water over 60 feet […]

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    Black Grouper

    Posted on August 6, 2012 by in Saltwater Fish

    Black Grouper: Mycteroperca bonaci Appearance: Olive or gray body coloration with black blotches and brassy spots gently rounded preopercle Similar in appearence to gag and yellowfin groupers Habitat: These fish are offshore species. Adults are associated with rocky bottoms, reef, and drop off walls in water over 60 feet deep.  Young black grouper  may occur inshore in […]

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    Dolphin -Mahi Mahi

    Posted on August 6, 2012 by in Saltwater Fish

    Dolphin: Coryphaena hippurus Appearance: Bright greenish blue above, yellow on sides and has the capability to flash a wide range of colors The body tapers sharply from head to tail Irregular blue or golden blotches are scattered over the sides Female’s heads slope more than males Habitat: Dolphin are open-ocean fish. The young live in floating […]

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    Cobia

    Posted on August 6, 2012 by in Saltwater Fish

    Cobia: Rachycentron canadum Appearance: Long, slim fish with a broad depressed head The lower jaw protrudes past the upper jaw Dark lateral stripe extends through the eye to the tail First dorsal fin has 7 to 9 free spines When young, has conspicuous alternating black and white horizontal stripes Habitat: Cobia are found in nearshore and […]

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    Bonefish

    Posted on August 6, 2012 by in Fish Flats backcountry, Saltwater Fish

    Bonefish: Albula vulpes Appearance: Silvery, with torpedo-shaped body and conical snout. Habitat: Bonefish primarily inhabit inshore shallows of the Florida Keys, often in water that is less than 1 foot deep Behavior: Bonefish have deeply forked tails that provide power for chasing prey in lush grass beds. Keen eyesight and a skittish nature make these fish […]

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    Swordfish

    Posted on August 6, 2012 by in Saltwater Fish

    Swordfish: Xiphias gladius Appearance: A rather unique billfish, with a flattened bill formed from an elongated upper jaw. It has a single high dorsal fin and one keel on each side in front of the tail fin. Habitat: Deep sea fish found from the surface down below 2,000 feet. They are heavily overfished internationally. Behavior: Swordfish […]

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    Sailfish

    Posted on August 6, 2012 by in Saltwater Fish

    Sailfish: Istiophorus platypterus Appearance: Color dark blue on top, brown-blue laterally and silvery white underbelly Upper jaw elongate in the form of a spear First dorsal fin greatly enlarged in the form of a sail with many black spots; squared off front; highest at its mid point Pelvic fins are very narrow and reach almost to […]

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    Spearfish Longbill

    Posted on August 6, 2012 by in Saltwater Fish

    Longbill Spearfish: Tetrapturus pfluegeri Appearance: Color of body dark blue shading to silvery, white underneath Dorsal fin bluish, others brown-black Two dorsal fins, the first lengthy, its front forming a peak Two anal fins, the anus well in front of the first Upper jaw is prolonged into spear Its cross section is round   Habitat: Longbill spearfish […]

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    Billfish – Blue Marlin

    Posted on August 6, 2012 by in Saltwater Fish

    Billfish – Blue Marlin Appearance: Upper cobalt blue on top shading to a silvery white below Upper jaw elongated in form of a spear The dorsal, pectoral and anal fins are all pointed No dark spots on the dorsal fin Habitat:  A deep-sea fish that makes major trans-Atlantic migrations. Behavior: Unlike swordfish, blue marlin feed mostly […]

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