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Family: Bonefishes
Similar Fish: Ladyfish
Habitat: INSHORE - The bonefish inhabits warm coastal waters of the Atlantic from Biscayne Bay, Florida, through the Florida Keys as well as the Bahamas and Bermuda. It is most commonly found in the flats of saltwater bays, inhabiting shallows often less than 1 foot deep - usually over lush grass flats, occasionally over white sand bars.
Size: Average 3 lb. - 10 lb. (Up to20 lb.)
Description: Bonefish move onto the shallow sand and mud flats to feed on animals that live on the bottom. They use their conical snouts to root around the bottom to dislodge worms, mollusks, shrimps, and crabs. At times the fish may be seen literally standing on their heads with their tails sticking out of the water. This action is called tailing. Travels in loose schools. Roots out Shrimp, Shellfish, Crabs and fish from the bottom. Spawns offshore, eggs hatching into ribbon-like larval that metamorphose into fish-like from at about 2 inches and move inshore.

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