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Fish of the Week - Bonefish
Silvery with bluish or greenish back.
Slender, round body.
Snout long, conical, aiming downward and overhanging the lower jaw.
Dark streaks between scales on upper half of body and faint crossbands extending down to lateral line.
Extremities of dorsal and caudal fins shaded with black.
Similar Fish: Ladyfish, Elops saurus.
Size: 3 to 5 pounds.
Habitat: Primarily inshore fish inhabiting shallows of the Florida Keys; found in shallows often less than 1 foot deep, usually over lush grass flats, occasionally over white sand.
Notes: Travels in loose schools; roots out shrimp, shellfish, crabs and fish from the bottom. Spawns offshore, eggs hatching into ribbon-like larvae that metamorphose into fish-like form at about 2 inches and move inshore.
Art by Diane Rome Peebles
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