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ANGLER'S GUIDE TO FISHES OF THE GULF OF MEXICO!
This book is a given for recreational and commercial fishermen as well as anyone who loves the outdoors! Since most anglers identify their fish by reviewing illustrations rather than using scientific keys, the authors have succeeded in making fishing easier by providing superb illustrations and detailed diagnostics for fish identification. A valuable, one-stop reference tool for everyday anglers, fisheries experts, biologists, and outdoors writers, this guide includes intensively researched information on 207 species of saltwater fish, essential data on each speciesí habitat, identification, typical size, and food value. By Jerald Horst & Mike Lane, illustrated by Duane Raver. 207 species.
|Other Names :||Slopehead, John Paw, Marbled Grouper|
|Range & Habitat :||This fish occurs Gulfwide. It is considered more common in the southern Gulf of Mexico, although it seems that the largest fish are found in the northern Gulf. It is common nowhere. It prefers natural reef or rock bottoms and is not often captured near offshore oil and gas platforms.|
|Identification & Biology :||In appearance, this is the oddball amongst groupers. It is much deeper-bodied than other groupers and has a long sloping head profile, which is why it is sometimes called a 'slopehead.' Its fins are wider than other groupers and the dorsal and anal fins have pointed extensions. Their color is dark brown, marbled with white blotches. It more closely resembles a tripletail, (Lobotes surinamensis), than it does other groupers. It is a poorly researched fish.|
|Size :||To 20 pounds.|
|Food Value :||Excellent|
|Description by: Jerald Horst, Associate Professor, Fisheries - LSU AgCenter|