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THE BONES

alligator gar (head)
almaco jack
atlantic cutlassfish
barracuda (great)
bass (largemouth)
bigeye emperor
big eye (atlantic)
black sea bass
bluegill
blue runner
bone fish
butterflyfish (reef)
butterflyfish (spotfin)
cabezon
carp (common)
clown knifefish
cornetfish (blue-spotted)
dolphinfish
drum (red)
flounder (southern)
flyingfish (atlantic)
graysby
grouper (red)
grunt (blue striped)
hog wrasse
lionfish (red)
little tunny
lookdown
moray eel (purplemouth)
needlefish (atlantic)
parrotfish (rainbow)
payara
permit
pigfish
pinfish
piranha (red-bellied)
pompano (florida)
pompano (african)
porgy (littlehead)
porgy (whitebone)
rock beauty
sailfish
salmon (coho)
sargo
scorpionfish (spotted)
Sea Robin
Sea Trout (spotted)
sheepshead
sheepshead (california)
snapper (cubera)
snapper (gray)
snapper (lane)
snapper (mutton)
snapper (ruby)
snapper (silk)
snapper (vermillion )
snapper (yellowtail)
snook
spadefish (atlantic)
squirrelfish
striped bass
tilapia
tilefish (sand)
tomtate
triggerfish (gray)
triggerfish (ocean)
triggerfish (queen)
tripletail (atlantic)
walleye

 

Monkfish

Latin Name: Lophius americanus

General Size:  18 x 11"

The monkfish is found in the family Lophiidae along with 25 other species of goosefishes. These voracious bottom dwellers have particularly large mouths compared to their body size and have been known to take geese floating off the surface of the water. Highly camouflaged, these fish also have a modified dorsal fin called an illicium that acts as a lure to attract unwary fish. The tip of the illicium has a fleshy tab on the end called an esca that, to a hungry fish, looks like a bit of food and when the fish comes in for a closer look it is snapped up by a monkfish ambush. Monkfish typically occupy colder waters of the Western Atlantic but on occasion can be found as far south as Northeastern Florida. These fish are commonly found in the commercial fisheries as they have a very desirable fillet similar in smell, texture and taste to that of lobster, hence the name "poor man’s lobster".



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