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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, Knobbed
Calmus nodosus

Illustrations by: Duane Raver     Click image for large version.
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Family:  Porgies  (Sparidae)
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Other Names :Key West Porgy, Knobbed Porgy
Range & Habitat :Gulfwide on hardbottom at depths from 50 to 300 feet deep.
Identification & Biology :The knobbed porgy has a deep, compressed, almost triangular- shaped body, due to the strongly sloping head profile. The color is silver with a rosy iridescence. The snout is purplish, with many small yellowish dots under the eyes. Knobbed porgies have powerful jaws that they use to eat clams, snails, barnacles, crabs, and starfish. They are most often caught by anglers seeking snappers and groupers. They can live 17 years and begin spawning at age 4. Spawning takes place in offshore waters.
Size :Can run to 18 inches and 5 pounds.
Food Value :Excellent
Description by: Jerald Horst, Associate Professor, Fisheries - LSU AgCenter

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