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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.

Porgy, Whitebone
Calamus leucosteus

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Family:  Porgies  (Sparidae)
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Other Names :White Porgy, Silver Porgy, Silver Snapper, Whitebone Porgy
Range & Habitat :A relatively common and widespread porgy, it is found Gulfwide in 80-330 feet of water on both mud or sandy bottoms and reefs.
Identification & Biology :The body is oval, flattened from side-to-side and is fairly deep. Color is silvery, with irregular brown blotches or spots on the sides. The fins also often have some brown on them. Blue lines may be apparent under the eye and on the head. Like other porgies, these are bottom-feeders. They use their powerful teeth to crush and eat snails, crabs, shrimp, worms, and sea urchins. They mature by their second year of life and spawn between April and August. They are slow-growing fish that can live 12 years. Whitebone porgies are protogynous hermaphrodites, which means that they all start life out as females, later turning into males as they grow and age.
Size :Up to 18 inches and 5 pounds.
Food Value :Excellent
Description by: Jerald Horst, Associate Professor, Fisheries - LSU AgCenter

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