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of Southeastern 
North America 

of & by the Atlantic Ocean
and the Gulf of Mexico

(other than Whales & Dolphins
 and the Manatee)

including inshore & offshore waters
of coastal Florida & Texas 

A list compiled by Armas Hill

With those seen during FONT tours 
& pelagic trips with an (*)

Photo at upper right: GREAT BARRACUDA  


A Listing of scheduled Focus On Nature Tours

Upcoming Focus On Nature Tours in North America

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Links, in the following list, to:

Chimaeras    Sharks    Sawfishes   Guitarfish    Skates & Rays     Sturgeons    Gars    Tarpon

Eels    Anchovies    Herrings    Sea Catfishes    Lizardfishes    Hakes    Cusk-Eels    Brotulas

Toadfishes    Frogfishes
    Flying Fish     Seahorses    Dolphin Fish     Remoras     Jacks     Drums     

Tunas & Mackerels
     Billfishes    Flounders    Sunfish & Molas 

Other Links:

Other Marine Life of Eastern North America (except Marine Mammals)  (with some photos)

Mammals of Eastern North America (land & marine) (with some photos)

A List & Photo Gallery of North American Birds, in 6 Parts

Other Nature of Eastern North America  (with some photos):  

Butterflies    Moths    Dragonflies & Damselflies    Amphibians & Reptiles



All of the following either along the coast or offshore

FL   in Florida
TX   in Texas 

(p)   pelagically 

(ph):  species with a photo in the FONT website

(ASC:xx)  refers to plate number of photo in the "National Audubon Society Field Guide to Seashore Creatures"

(FGCF:xx)  refers to the page with an illustration in the book "A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes, from Maine to Texas", by Val Kells & Kent Carpenter, 2011.    

These classifications by the ICUN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)
of Threatened & Near-threatened species; 
(t1):  critically endangered
(t2):  endangered
(t3);  vulnerable  
(nt):  near-threatened 

   LONGNOSE CHIMAERAS  (Family Rhinochimaeridae) 

  1. Atlantic Spearnose Chimaera  ______  Gulf of Mexico (where rare)  (FGCF:63)
    Rhinochimaera atlantica 

    NURSE SHARK  (Family Ginglymostomatidae)

  2. Nurse Shark  ______  in Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:63)
    Ginglymostoma cirratum 

    WHALE SHARK  (Family Rhincodontidae)

  3. Whale Shark  (t3) (ph)  ______  in Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:65)
    Rhincodon typus

    SAND TIGER SHARK  (Family Odontaspididae)

  4. Sand Tiger  (t3)  ______  FL  TX  (FGCF:65)
    Carcharias taurus     

    THRESHER SHARKS  (Family Alopiidae)  

  5. Thresher Shark  (t3)  ______  FL  + Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:65)
    Alopias vulpinus 

    The Thresher Shark grows to 20 feet in length.

  6. Bigeye Thresher  (t3)  ______  FL + Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:65)
    Alopias superciliosus

    The Bigeye Thresher grows to 15 feet in length.

    BASKING SHARK  (Family Cetorhinus)

  7. Basking Shark  (t3) (*)  ______ FL + northeast Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:67)
    Cetorhinus maximus

    The Basking Shark is the world's second largest fish, can be over 30 feet long and weigh more than 4 tons; it can jump completely out of the water.

    MACKEREL SHARKS  (Family Lamnidae)

  8. (Great) White Shark  (t3)  ______  FL + Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:67)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1758)
    Carcharodon carcharias

    The (Great) White Shark grows to 19 feet.

  9. Shortfin Mako  ______  FL + Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:67)
    Isurus oxyrinchus

    The Shortfin Mako grows to 8 feet.

  10. Longfin Mako  (t3)  ______  FL + Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:67)
    Isurus paucus

    The Longfin Mako grows to 13 feet.

    CATSHARKS  (Family Scyliorhinidae)

  11. Marbled Catshark  _____  FL + northeast Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:69) 
    Galeus arae

  12. Chain Dogfish  ______  FL + northern Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:69)
    Scyliorhinus retifer

    REQUIEM SHARKS  (Family Carcharhinidae) 

  13. Bull Shark  ______  FL  (FGCF:71)  
    Carcharhinus leucas

  14. Blacknose Shark  ______  FL  (FGCF:69)
    Carcharhinus acronotus

  15. Bignose Shark  ______  FL  (FGCF:71)  (species described in 1950) 
    Carcharhinus altimus

  16. Spinner Shark  ______  FL  (FGCF:71)
    Carcharhinus brevipinna

  17. Silky Shark  ______  (FGCF:71)
    Carcharhinus falcifornis

  18. Finetooth Shark  ______  FL  (FGCF:71)
    Carcharhinus isodon

  19. Blacktip Shark  ______  FL  (FGCF:73)
    Carcharhinnus limbatus

  20. Oceanic Whitetip Shark  (t3)  ______  FL  (FGCF:73)
    Carcharhinnus longimannus 

  21. Dusky Shark  (t3)  ______  FL  (FGCF:73)
    Carcharhinnus obscurus

  22. Reef Shark  ______  FL  (FGCF:73)
    Carcharhinnus perezii

  23. Sandbar Shark  (t3)  ______  FL  (FGCF:73)
    Carcharhinus plumbeus

  24. Smalltail Shark  ______  northern Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:75)
    Carcharhinus porosus

  25. Tiger Shark  ______  FL  (FGCF:75)
    Galeocerdo cuvier

  26. Lemon Shark  ______  FL  (FGCF:75)
    Negaprion brevirostris

  27. Blue Shark  (nt) (*)  ______ FL  (FGCF:75)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1758)
    Prionace glauca

  28. Atlantic Sharpnose Shark  ______  FL  (FGCF:75)
    Rhizoprionodon terraenovae

    HAMMERHEAD SHARKS  (Family Sphyrindae)

  29. Scalloped Hammerhead  (t2)  ______  (FGCF:77)
    Sphyrna lewini

  30. Great Hammerhead  (t2)  ______  (FGCF:77)
    Sphyrna mokarran

    The Great Hammerhead grows to 19.7 feet in length.  

  31. Bonnethead  ______  FL  (FGCF:77)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1758)  
    Sphyrna tiburo

  32. Smooth Hammerhead  (t3)  ______  FL  (FGCF:77)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1758)
    Sphyrna zygaena

    The Smooth Hammerhead grows to 13 feet in length.

    COW SHARK  (Family Hexanchidae)

  33. Sharpnose Sevengill Shark  ______  northern Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:77)
    Heptranchias perlo

    BRAMBLE SHARK  (Family Echinorhinidae)

  34. Bramble Shark  ______  northeast Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:79)
    Echinorhinus brucus 

    HOUND SHARKS  (Family Triakidae)

  35. Smooth Dogfish  ______  FL + Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:69)
    Mustelus canis

  36. Florida Smoothhound  ______  FL + Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:69)
    Mustelus norrisi

    DOGFISH SHARKS  (Family Squalidae)

  37. Spiny Dogfish  (t3)  ______  FL  (FGCF:79)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1758)
    Squalus acanthias 

  38. Cuban Dogfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:79)
    Squalus cubensis

  39. Roughskin Dogfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:79)  (species described in 1973)
    Cirrhigaleus asper

    GULPER SHARK  (Family Centrophoridae)

  40. Gulper Shark  ______  northern Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:79)
    Centrophorus granulosus

    LANTERN SHARKS  (Family Etmopteridae)

  41. Broadband Lantern Shark  ______  FL  (FGCF:81)  (species described in 1968)
    Etmopterus gracilispinis

    SLEEPER SHARKS  (Family Somniosidae)

  42. Portuguese Shark  (nt)  ______  FL   (FGCF:81)
    Centroscymnus coelolepis

    The Portuguese Shark grows to 4 feet in length. 

    KITEFIN SHARKS  (Family Dalatiidae)

  43. Kitefin Shark  ______  northern Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:81)
    Dalatias licha

    ANGEL SHARKS  (Family Squatinidae)

  44. Atlantic Angel Shark  ______  FL  (FGCF:83)
    Squatina dumeril

    TORPEDO ELECTRIC RAYS  (Family Torpedinidae)

  45. Atlantic Torpedo  ______  FL  (FGCF:83)
    Torpedo nobiliana

    NUMBFISHES  (Family Narcinidae)

  46. Lesser Electric Ray  (t1)  ______  FL  (FGCF:83)
    Narcine bancroftii  

    SAWFISHES  (Family Pristidae)

  47. Smalltooth Sawfish  (t1)  ______  FL  (FGCF:83)
    Pristis pectinata

  48. Largetooth Sawfish  (t1)  ______  FL  (FGCF:83)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1758)
    Pristis pristis

    GUITARFISHES  (Family Rhinobatidae)

  49. Atlantic Guitarfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:85)
    Rhinobatos lentiginosus     

    SKATES  (Family Rajidae)

  50. Clark's Fingerskate  ______  FL  (FGCF:85)  (another name is Hookskate)
    Dactylobatus clarksii

  51. Spreadfin Skate  ______  FL  TX  (FGCF:85)  (species described in 1951)
    Dipturus olseni

  52. Prickly Brown Ray  ______  FL  (FGCF:87)
    Dipturus teevani

  53. Underworld Windowskate  ______  FL + northern Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:87)
    Fenestraja plutonia

  54. Rosette Skate  ______  FL  (FGCF:87)
    Leucoraja garmani 
    (classification ongoing)

  55. Freckled Skate  ______  nwFL  TX  (FGCF:87)  (species described in 1951, was considered a subspecies of Leucoraja garmani)
    Leucoraja leutiginosa  

  56. Clearnose Skate  (ph)  ______  FL  TX (FGCF:89)
    Raja eglanteria

    Clearnose Skate

  57. Rounded Skate  ______  FL  TX
    Raja texana

    AMERICAN ROUND STINGRAYS  (Family Urotrygonidae)

  58. Yellow Stingray  (ph)  ______  FL  TX  (FGCF:89)
    Urobatis jamaicensis

    Yellow Stingray

    WHIPTAIL STINGRAYS  (Family Dasyatidae)

  59. Atlantic Stingray  ______  FL  (FGCF:91)
    Dasyatis sabina

  60. Southern Stingray  ______  FL  (FGCF:91)
    Dasyatis americana

  61. Roughtail Stingray  ______  FL  + northern Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:91)
    Dasyatis centroura

  62. Bluntnose Stingray  ______  FL + Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:91)
    Dasyatis say

  63. Pelagic Stingray  ______  northern Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:91)
    Pteroplatytrygon violacea


  64. Spiny Butterfly Ray  (t3)  ______  FL  rarely in Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:93)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1758) 
    Gymnura altavela

    Spiny Butterfly Rays have a width up to 6.8 feet. 

  65. Smooth Butterfly  ______  FL + Gulf of Mexico (FGCF:93)
    Gymnura micrura

    EAGLE RAYS  (Family Myliobatidae)

  66. Cownose Ray  ______  FL + Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:95)
    Rhinoptera bonasus 

  67. Spotted Eagle Ray  (ph)  ______  FL  (FGCF:93)
    Aetobatus narinari

  68. Bullnose Ray  ______  FL + northern Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:93)
    Myliobatis greminvillei

  69. Southern Eagle Ray  ______  FL  (FGCF:93)
    Myliobatis goodei

  70. Giant Manta  (nt) (*)  ______  FL + Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:95)
    Manta birostris 
    (was in the Family Mobulidae)

  71. Devil Ray  ______  FL + Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:95)
    Mobula hypostoma

    STURGEONS  (Family Acipenseridae)

  72. Shortnose Sturgeon  (t3)  ______  FL(south to St. John's River)  (FGCF:95)
    Acipenser brevirostrum

  73. Atlantic Sturgeon  (nt) (ph)  ______  FL(St. John's River & Suwannee River) + Mississippi River  (FGCF:95)
    Acipenser oxyrinchus

    Atlantic Sturgeon grow to a length of 14 feet.

    Atlantic Sturgeon

    GARS  (Family Lepisosteidae)

  74. Alligator Gar  ______  FL  (FGCF:97)
    Atractosteus spatula

    The Alligator Gar spawns in fresh water.

  75. Longnose Gar  ______  FL  TX  (FGCF:97)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1758)
    Lepisosteus osseus

    The Longnose Gar grows to a length of 6.5 feet.

    TENPOUNDERS  (Family Elopidae)

  76. Ladyfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:97)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1766)
    Elops saurus

    TARPONS  (Family Megalopidae)

  77. Tarpon  ______  FL  (FGCF:97)
    Megalops atlanticus

    The Tarpon grows to a length of 7.2 feet.

    BONEFISHES  (Family Albulidae)

  78. Bonefish  ______  FL  (FGCF:97)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1758)
    Albula vulpes

    FRESHWATER EELS  (Family Anguillidae) 

  79. American Eel  ______  FL + Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:99)
    Anguilla rostrata  

    The American Eel is a nocturnal forager. The species is catadromous. It grows to a length of 5 feet.

    An excellent book about eels is "Eels, an Exploration from New Zealand to the Sargasso, of the World's Most Mysterious Fish", Harper Collins Publishers, 2010.  

    MORAY EELS  (Family Muraenidae)

  80. Chain Moray  ______  FL  (FGCF:99)
    Echidna catenata

  81. Chestnut Moray  ______  FL(keys)  (FGCF:99)  (species described in 1976) 
    Enchelycore carychroa

  82. Viper Moray  ______  FL(south) + northwest Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:99)
    Enchelycore nigricans

  83. Green Moray  ______  FL(keys)  (FGCF:99)
    Gymnothorax funebris

  84. Blacktail Moray  ______  Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:101)  (species described in 1980)
    Gymnothorax kolpos

  85. Goldentail Moray  ______  FL(south)  (FGCF:101)
    Gymnothorax miliaris

  86. Spotted Moray  ______  FL  (FGCF:101)  
    Gymnothorax moringa

  87. Blackedge Moray  ______  TX  (FGCF:101)
    Gymnothorax nigromarginatus

  88. Honeycomb Moray  ______  FL  (FGCF:101)  (also called Ocellated Moray)
    Gymnothorax saxicola

  89. Purplemouth Moray  ______  FL(south) + northern Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:103)
    Gymnothorax vicinus

  90. Reticulate Moray  ______  FL  (FGCF:103)
    Muraena retifera

    SNAKE-EELS & WORM EELS  (Family Ophichthidae)

  91. Spotted Spoon-nose Eel  _____  FL  (FGCF:103)
    Echiophis intertinctus

  92. Gold-spotted Eel  ______  FL(south)  (FGCF:103)
    Myrichthys ocellatus

  93. Speckled Worm Eel  ______  FL  (FGCF:103)
    Myrophis punctatus

  94. Shrimp Eel  ______  northern Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:105)
    Ophichthus gomesii

  95. Pale-spotted Eel  ______  FL  TX  (FGCF:105)
    Ophichthus puncticeps

    CONGOR EELS  (Family Congridae)

  96. Bandtooth Conger  ______  FL  (FGCF:105)
    Ariosoma balearicum

  97. Congor Eel  ______  FL  (FGCF:105)
    Conger oceanicus

    The Congor Eel grows to 6.5 length in length.

  98. Yellow Conger  ______  Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:105)
    Rynchoconger flavus

    ANCHOVIES  (Family Engraulidae)

  99. Striped Anchovy  ______  FL  (FGCF:107)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1758)
    Anchoa hepsetus

  100. Dusky Anchovy  ______  FL  (FGCF:107)
    Anchoa lyolepis

  101. Bay Anchovy  ______  FL  (FGCF:107)
    Anchoa mitchilli

  102. Silver Anchovy  ______  FL  (FGCF:107)
    Engraulis eurystole

    HERRINGS  (Family Clupeidae)

  103. Blueback Herring  ______  FL  (FGCF:107)
    Alosa aestivalis

  104. Alabama Shad  ______  
    Alosa alabamae

  105. Skipjack Herring  ______  FL(far-west)  TX  (FGCF:109)
    Alosa chrysochloris 

  106. Hickory Shad  ______  FL  (FGCF:109)
    Alosa mediocris

  107. American Shad  (ph)  ______  FL  (FGCF:109)  (range: Nova Scotia to Florida) 
    Alosa sapidissima

  108. Finescale Menhaden  ______  TX  (FGCF:111)
    Brevoortia gunteri

  109. Gulf Menhaden  ______  FL  TX  (FGCF:111)
    Brevoortia patronus

  110. Yellowfin Mehhaden  ______  FL  (FGCF:111)
    Brevoortia smithi

  111. Atlantic Menhaden  ______  FL  (FGCF:111)  (range: Nova Scotia to Florida)
    Brevoortia tyrannus

  112. Gizzard Shad  ______  FL  (FGCF:113) (range St. Lawrence River to Florida)
    Dorosoma cepedianum

  113. Threadfin Shad  ______  FL  TX  (FGCF:113)
    Dorosoma petenense

  114. Round Herring  ______  FL + Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:113)
    Etrumeus teres

  115. False Pilchard  ______  FL(keys)  (FGCF:113)
    Harengula clupeola

  116. Scaled Sardine  ______  FL  (FGCF:113)
    Harengula jaguana

  117. Dwarf Herring  ______  FL  (FGCF:115)
    Jenkinsia lamprotaenia

  118. Atlantic Thread Herring  ______  FL  (FGCF:115)
    Opisthonema oglinum 

  119. Spanish Sardine  ______  FL  (FGCF:115)
    Sardinella aurita

    SEA CATFISHES  (Family Ariidae)

  120. Hardhead Catfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:115)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1766)
    Ariopsis felis

  121. Gafftopsail Catfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:115)
    Bagre marinus  

    FLAGFINS  (Family Aulopidae)

  122. Yellowfin Aulopus  ______  FL(south)  (FGCF:117)
    Aulopus filamentosus 

    LIZARDFISHES  (Family Synodontidae)

  123. Largescale Lizardfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:119)  (also called Brazilian Lizardfish)
    Saurida brasiliensis

  124. Shortjaw Lizardfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:119)
    Saurida normani

  125. Inshore Lizardfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:119)
    Synodus foetens 

  126. Sand Diver  ______  FL  (FGCF:119)
    Synodus intemedius

  127. Red Lizardfish  ______  FL  TX  (FGCF:119)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1758)
    Synodus synodus

  128. Snakefish  ______  FL  (FGCF:119)
    Trachinocephalus myops

    Snakefish bury themselves and quickly ambush prey.

    GREENEYES  (Family Chlorophthalmidae)

  129. Shortnose Greeneye  ______  FL  (FGCF:121)
    Chlorophthalmus agassizi

    LANCETFISHES  (Family Alepisauridae)

  130. Longnose Lancetfish  ______  (FGCF:121)
    Alepisaurus ferox

    The Longnose Lancetfish grows to 6.5 feet in length. 

    OPAHS  (Family Lampridae)

  131. Opah  ______  (FGCF:121)
    Lampris guttatus

    CRESTFISHES  (Family Lophotidae)

  132. Crestfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:121)
    Lophotus lacepede

    RIBBONFISHES  (Family Trachipteridaae)

  133. Polka-dot Ribbonfish  ______  (FGCF:121)
    Desmodema polystictum

    OARFISHES  (Family Regalecidae)

  134. Oarfish  (ph)  ______  (FGCF:123)
    Regalecus glesne

    The Oarfish grows up to 26 feet in length. It may be the longest known bony fish.

    BEARDFISHES  (Family Polymixiidae)

  135. Beardfish  ______  (FGCF:123)
    Polymixia lowei

    The Beardfish grows to 8 inches in length.

    GRENADIERS  (Family Macrouridae)

  136. Marlin-spike  ______  FL  (FGCF:123)  (range: Newfoundland to Florida)
    Nezumia bairdii

    MERLUCCIID HAKES  (Family Merlucciidae)

  137. Offshore Hake  ______  FL  (FGCF:123)  
    Merluccius albidus

  138. Silver Hake  ______  FL  (FGCF:123)  (range: Newfoundland to Florida)
    Merluccius bilinearis

    PHYCID HAKES  (Family Phycidae)

  139. Fourbeard Rockling  ______  FL  (FGCF:125)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1766)
    Enchelyopus cimbrius

  140. Gulf Hake  ______  FL  (FGCF:125)
    Urophycis cirrata

  141. Carolina Hake  ______  FL  (FGCF:125)  (range: North Carolina to northeast Florida)
    Urophycis earllii

  142. Southern Hake  ______  FL  (FGCF:125)  
    Urophycis floridana

  143. Spotted Hake  ______  FL  (FGCF:125)
    Urophycis regia

    PEARLFISHES  (Family Carapidae)

  144. Pearlfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:129)
    Carapus bermudensis

    CUSK-EELS  (Family Ophidiidae)

  145. Atlantic Bearded Brotula  ______  FL  (FGCF:129)
    Brotula barbata

  146. Blackedge Cusk-Eel  ______  FL(southeast)  (FGCF:129)
    Lepophidium brevibarbe

  147. Mottled Cusk-Eel  ______  FL  (FGCF:129)
    Lepophidium jeannae

  148. Fawn Cusk-Eel  ______  FL  (FGCF:129)
    Lepophidium profundorum

  149. Stripefin Brotula  ______  Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:129)
    Neobythites marginatus

  150. Blotched Cusk-Eel  ______  FL  (FGCF:131)
    Ophidion grayi

  151. Bank Cusk-Eel  ______  FL  (FGCF:131)
    Ophidion holbrookii

  152. Crested Cusk-Eel  ______  FL(south) + Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:131)
    Ophidion josephi

  153. Striped Cusk-Eel  ______  FL  (FGCF:131)
    Ophidion marginatum

  154. Sleeper Cusk-Eel  ______  FL(south)  (FGCF:131)  (species described in 1959)
    Otophidium dormitator

  155. Polka-dot Cusk-Eel  ______  FL  (FGCF:133)
    Otophidium omostigma

    VIVIPAROUS BROTULAS  (Family Bythitidae)

  156. Reef-cave Brotula  ______  FL(south)  (FGCF:133)
    Grammonus claudei

  157. Gold Brotula  ______  FL  TX  (FGCF:133)  (species described in 1966)
    Gunterichthys longipennis

  158. Key Brotula  ______   FL(keys)  (FGCF:133)
    Ogilbia cayorum

  159. Black Brotula  ______  FL(south)  (FGCF:133)  (species described in 1957)
    Stygnobrotula latebricola

    TOADFISHES  (Family Batrachoididae)

  160. Gulf Toadfish  ______  FL + Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:135)
    Opsanus beta

  161. Leopard Toadfish  ______  Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:135)
    Opsanus pardus  

  162. Oyster Toadfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:135)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1766) (range: Maine to Florida)
    Opsanus tau

  163. Atlantic Midshipman  ______  Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:135)
    Porichthys plectrodon

    GOOSEFISHES  (Family Lophiidae)

  164. Goosefish  ______  FL  (FGCF:135)  (Range: Newfoundland to Florida) 
    Lophius americanus  

    FROGFISHES  (Family Antennariidae)

  165. Longlure Frogfish  ______  FL(keys)  (FGCF:137)
    Antennarius multiocellatus  

  166. Ocellated Frogfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:137)
    Antennarius ocellatus

  167. Dwarf Frogfish  ______  FL(east) + Dry Tortugas  (FGCF:137)  (species described in 1957)
    Antennarius pauciradiatus

  168. Singlespot Frogfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:137)  (range: New York to south Florida)
    Antennarius radiosus

  169. Striated Frogfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:137)  (also called Split-lure Frogfish)
    Antennarius striatus

  170. Sargassum Fish  (ph) (*)  ______ FL  (FGCF:137)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1758)
    Histrio histrio 

    Sargassum Fish

  171. Atlantic Batfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:139)
    Dibranchus atlanticus

  172. Pancake Batfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:139)
    Halieutichthys aculeatus

  173. Longnose Batfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:139)  (species described in 1980)
    (species described in 1980)
    Ogcocephalus corniger

  174. Polka-dot Batfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:139)
    Ogcocephalus cubifrons

  175. Slantbrow Batfish  ______  TX  (FGCF:139)  (species described in 1980)
    (species described in 1980)
    Ogcocephalus declivirostris 

  176. Shortnose Batfish  ______  FL(south)  (FGCF:141)
    Ogcocephalus nasutus

  177. Spotted Batfish  ______  TX  (FGCF:141)
    Ogcocephalus pantostictus

  178. Roughback Batfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:141)
    Ogcocephalus parvus

  179. Palefin Batfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:141)  (species described in 1980)
    (species described in 1980)
    Ogcocephalus rostellum

  180. Tricorn Batfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:141)  (species described in 1952)
    (species described in 1952)
    Zalieutes mcgintyi 

    MULLETS  (Family Mugilidae)

  181. Mountain Mullet  ______  TX  (FGCF:143)
    Agonostomus monticola

  182. Striped Mullet  (*)  ______  FL + Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:143)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1758)
    Mugil cephalus

  183. White Mullet  ______  FL + Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:143)
    Mugil curema

  184. Liza  ______  FL(south)  (FGCF:143)
    Mugil liza

  185. Fantail Mullet  ______  FL(south) + Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:143)
    Mugil trichodon (formerly gyrans)

    NEW WORLD SILVERSIDES  (Family Atherinopsidae)

  186. Rough Silverside  ______  FL  (FGCF:145)
    Membras martinica

  187. Inland Silverside  ______  FL  (FGCF:145)
    Menidia beryllina

  188. Atlantic Silverside  ______  FL  (FGCF:145)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1766)  (range: Gulf of the St. Lawrence to Florida)
    Menidia menidia

  189. Tidewater Silverside  (*)  ______  FL  TX  (FGCF:145)
    Menidia peninsulae  

    OLD WORLD SILVERSIDES  (Family Atherinidae)

  190. Hardhead Silverside  _____  FL  (FGCF:145)
    Therinomorus stipes

  191. Reef Silverside  ______  FL  (FGCF:145)
    Hypoatherina harringtonensis

    FLYING FISHES  (Family Exocoetidae)

  192. Margined Flying Fish  ______  FL  (FGCF:147)
    Cheilopogon cyanopterus

    The Margined Flyingfish grows to 16 inches in length.

  193. Bandwing Flying Fish  ______  (FGCF:147)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1771)
    Cheilopogon exsiliens

  194. Atlantic Flying Fish  (ph) (*)  ______  FL  (FGCF:147)
    Cheilopogon melanurus

    The Atlantic Flying Fish grows to 13 inches in length.

    Atlantic Flying Fish

  195. Clearwing Flyingfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:147)
    Sypselurus comatus

  196. Oceanic Two-wing Flying Fish  ______  FL  (FGCF:147)
    Exocoetus obtusirostris

  197. Tropical Two-wing Flying Fish  ______  FL  (FGCF:149)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1758)
    Exocoetus volitans

  198. Fourwing Flying Fish  ______  FL  (FGCF:149)
    Hirundichthys affinis

  199. Blackwing Flying Fish  ______  FL (FGCF:149)
    Hirundichthys rondeletii

    The Blackwing Flyingfish grows to 12 inches in length.

  200. Smallwing Flying Fish  ______  FL  (FGCF:149)  (species described in 1935)
    Oxyporhamphus micropterus similis

    The Smallwing Flying Fish grows to 7 inches in length.  

  201. Sailfin Flying Fish  ______  (FGCF:149)
    Parexocoetus hillianus

    The Sailfln Flying Fish grows to 6 inches in length. 

    HALFBEAKS  (Family Hemiramphidae)

  202. Hardhead Halfbeak  ______  (FGCF:151)
    Chriodorus atherinoides

  203. Flying Halfbeak  ______  (FGCF:151)
    Euleptorhamphus velox

  204. Balao  ______  (FGCF:151)
    Hemiraamphus balao 

  205. Ballyhoo  ______  (FGCF:151)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1758)
    Hemiramphus brasiliensis

  206. False Silverside Halfbeak  ______  (FGCF:151)
    Hyporhamphus meeki

  207. Atlantic Silverstripe Halfbeak  ______  (FGCF:151)
    Hyporhamphus unifasciatus

    NEEDLEFISHES  (Family Belonidae)

  208. Flat Needlefish  ______  (FGCF:153)
    Ablennes hians

  209. Keeltail Needlefish  ______  (FGCF:153)
    Platybelone argalus

  210. Atlantic Needlefish  ______  (FGCF:153)
    Strongylura marina

  211. Redfin Needlefish  ______  (FGCF:153)
    Strongylura notata

  212. Timucu  ______  (FGCF:153)
    Strongylura timucu

  213. Atlantic Agujon  ______  (FGCF:153)
    Tylosurus acus

  214. Houndfish  ______  (FGCF:153)
    Tylosurus crocodilus

    SAURIES  (Family Scomberesocidae)

  215. Atlantic Saury  ______  (FGCF:155)
    Scomberesox saurus

    NEW WORLD RIVULINES  (Family Rivulidae)

  216. Mangrove Rivulus  ______  (FGCF:155)
    Kryptolebias marmoratus

    TOPMINNOWS  (Family Fundulidae)

  217. Diamond Killifish  ______  FL  TX  (FGCF:155)
    Adinia xenica

  218. Gulf Killifish  ______  FL  TX  (FGCF:155)
    Fundalis grandis   

  219. Mummichog  ______  FL(northeast)  (FGCF:155)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1766)  (range: Labrador to northeast Florida)
    Fundulus heteroclitus

  220. Saltmarsh Topminnow  ______  FL  TX  (FGCF:157)
    Fundulus jenkinsi

  221. Striped Killifish  ______  FL  TX  (FGCF:157)
    Fundulus majalis

  222. Bayou Killifish  ______  TX  (FGCF:157)
    fundulus pulvereus

  223. Longnose Killifish  ______  FL  (FGCF:157)
    Fundulus similis

  224. Rainwater Killifish  ______  FL + northern Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:159)
    Lucania parva

    PUPFISHES  (Family Cyprinodontidae)

  225. Sheepshead Minnow  ______  FL  (FGCF:159)
    Cyprinodon variegatus

  226. Gold-spotted Killifish  ______  FL  (FGCF:159)
    Floridichrys carpio

    LIVEBEARERS  (Family Poeciliidae)

  227. Pike Killifish  ______  FL  (FGCF:159)
    Belonesox belizanus

  228. Western Mosquitofish  ______  TX  (FGCF:159)
    Gambusia affinis

  229. Eastern Mosquitofish  ______  FL  (FGCF:161)
    Gambusia holbrooki

  230. Mangrove Gambusia  ______  FL  (FGCF:161)  (species described in 1969)
    Gambusia rhizophorae

    The Mangrove Gambusia occurs primarily around Red Mangroves in marine and hypersaline waters. But it is also found somewhat inland in brackish water with White and Black Mangroves.

  231. Least Killifish  ______  FL  (FGCF:161)
    Heterandria formosa

  232. Sailfin Molly  ______  FL  TX  (FGCF:161)
    Poecilia latipinna

    Sailfin Molly

  233. Shortfin Molly  ______  TX(south)  (FGCF:161)
    Poecilia mexicana

    ROUGHIES  (Family Trachichthyidae)

  234. Big Roughy  ______  FL  (FGCF:163)
    Gephyroberyx darwinii

  235. Silver Roughy  ______  FL  (FGCF:163)
    Hoplostethus mediterraneus


  236. Splendid Alfonsino  ______  (FGCF:163)
    Beryx splendens  

    SQUIRRELFISHES  (Family Holocentridae)

  237. Spinycheek Soldierfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:163)
    Corniger spinosus

  238. Squirrelfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:163)
    Holocentrus adscensionis

  239. Longspine Squirrelfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:165)
    Holocentrus rufus

    TINSELFISHES  (Family Grammicolepidae)

  240. Thorny Tinselfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:167)
    Grammicolepis brachiusculus 

  241. Spotted Tinselfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:167)  (range in western Atlantic: Nova Scotia to Florida)
    Xenolepidichthys dalgleishi

    DORIES  (Family Zeidae)

  242. Red Dory  ______  northern Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:169)
    Cyttopsis rosea

  243. Buckler Dory  ______  FL  (FGCF:169)  
    Zenopsis conchifera

    SEAHORSES  (in the Family Syngnathidae, along with Pipefishes)

  244. Longsnout Seahorse  ______  eastern Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:171)  (species described in 1933)
    Hippocampus reidi 

  245. Lined Seahorse  (ph)  ______  FL  (FGCF:171)  
    Hippocampus erectus

  246. Dwarf Seahorse  ______  FL  (FGCF:171)
    Hippocampus zosterae

  247. Pipehorse  (ph)  ______  FL  (FGCF:171)
    Amphelikturus dendriticus  (formerly Acentronura dendritica)

    The Pipehorse grows to 3 inches in length.


  248. Fringed Pipefish  ______  FL  (FGCF:171)
    Anarchopterus criniger

  249. Insular Pipefish  ______  FL(keys)  (FGCF:171)
    Anarchopterus tectus

  250. Pugnose Pipefish  ______  FL  (FGCF:173)
    Bryx dunckeri

  251. Whitenose Pipefish  ______  FL  (FGCF:173)
    Cosmocampus albirostris  

  252. Sargassum Pipefish  (ph) (*)  ______  NC  (FGCF:175)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1758)
    Syngnathus pelagicus

    The Sargassum Pipefish grows to 8 inches in length.

    Syngnathus pelagicus have been among the sealife seen in sargassum in the Gulf Stream
    during FONT North Carolina pelagic trips. 

    Sargassum Pipefish

  253. Chain Pipefish  ______  (FGCF:175)
    Syngnathus louisianae

  254. Northern Pipefish  ______  (FGCF:175)
    Syngnathus fuscus

    TRUMPETFISHES  (Family Aulostomidae)

  255. Atlantic Trumpetfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:175)
    Aulostomus maculatus

    CORNETFISHES  (Family Fistulariidae)

  256. Red Cornetfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:177)
    Fistularia petimba

  257. Blue-spotted Cornetfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:177)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1758)
    Fistularia tabacaria

    SNIPEFISHES  (Family Macroramphosidae)

  258. Slender Snipefish  ______  FL  (FGCF:177)
    Macroramphosus gracilis

  259. Longspine Snipefish  ______  Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:177)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1758)
    Macroramphosus scolopax

    FLYING GURNARDS  (Family Dactylopteridae)

  260. Flying Gurnard  (ph)  ______  FL  (FGCF:177)
    Dactylopterus volitans

    Flying Gurnards are easily recognized by their huge pectoral fins and heavily armored heads. Contrary to their name, they do not fly, although the big pectoral fins look like wings. 
    Juveniles are pelagic, drifting in the open sea. Adults are bottom-dwellers.

    With its enlarged pectoral fins, the Flying Gurnard sometimes resembles a ray when seen underwater. Some searobins also have enlarged pectoral fins, but they do not have keeled scales as the Flying Gurnard does.
    Flyingfishes have enlarged pectoral fins, but also have abdominal pelvic fins.

    Flying Gurnard

    SCORPIONFISHES  (Family Scorpaenidae)

  261. Spinycheek Scorpionfish  ______  FL + Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:179)  (species described in 1935)
    Neomerinthe hremingwayi

    SEAROBINS  (Family Triglidae)

  262. Horned Searobin  ______  FL + Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:185)
    Bellator militaris

    SNOOKS  (Family Centropomidae)

  263. Common Snook  ______  FL + Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:197)
    Centropomus undecimalis

    TEMPERATE BASSES  (Family Moronidae)

  264. Striped Bass ______  FL  TX  (FGCF:197)
    Morone saxatilis

    WRECKFISHES  (Family Polyprionidae)

  265. Wreckfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:197)
    Polyprion americanus

    SEA BASSES  (Family Serranidae)

  266. Rock Sea Bass  ______  FL + Gulf of Mexico  (FGCF:199)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1758)
    Centropristis philadelphica 

    BLUEFISHES  (Family Pomatomidae)

  267. Bluefish  ______  NC  (FGCF:239)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1766)
    Pomatomus saltatrix 

    DOLPHINFISHES  (Family Coryphaenidae)

  268. Dolphinfish  (ph) (*)  ______  NC  (FGCF:239)  (other names are Mahi-mahi & Dorado (species described by Linnaeus in 1758)
    Coryphaena hippurus

    The Dolphinfish grows to 6.5 feet in length. 


  269. Pompano Dolphinfish  ______  (FGCF:239)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1758)
    Coryphaena equiselis  

    The Pompano Dolphinfish schools with and is often misidentified as the Dolphinfish.

    The Pompano Dolphinfish grows to 2.5 feet in length. 

    COBIA  (Family Rachycentridae)

  270. Cobia  ______  (FGCF:239)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1766)
    Rachycentron canadum

    REMORAS  (Family Echeneidae)

  271. Remora  (*)  ______  (FGCF:241)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1758)
    Remora remora

  272. Marlinsucker  ______   (FGCF:241)
    Remora osteochir

    The Marlinsucker is associated with billfishes, particularly the White Marlin and Sailfish.

  273. Spearfish Remora  ______  (FGCF:241)
    Remora brachyptera

  274. Sharksucker  ______  (FGCF:241)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1758)
    Echeneis naucrates

  275. Whitefin Sharksucker  ______  (FGCF:241)
    Echeneis neucratoides

    JACKS  (Family Carangidae)

  276. African Pompano  ______  (FGCF:243)
    Alectris ciliaris

  277. Yellow Jack  ______  (FGCF:243)
    Caranx bartholomaei

  278. Blue Runner  ______  (FGCF:243)
    Caranx crysos

    Juvenile Blue Runners are associated with Sargassum seaweed.

  279. Crevalle Jack  ______  (FGCF:243)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1766)
    Caranx hippos

  280. Horse-eye Jack  ______
    Caranx latus

  281. Black Jack  ______
    Caranx lugubris

  282. Bar Jack  ______
    Caranx ruber

  283. Atlantic Bumper  ______  (species described by Linnaeus in 1766)
    Chloroscombrus chrysurus  

  284. Mackerel Scad  ______
    Descapterus macarellus

  285. Round Scad  ______  (also called Cigarfish)
    Decapterus punctatus

  286. Redtail Scad  ______
    Decapterus rabl

  287. Rainbow Runner  ______
    Elagatis bipinnulata

  288. Bluntnose Jack  ______
    Hemicaranx amblyrhynchus

  289. Pilotfish  ______  (species described by Linnaeus in 1758)
    Naucrates ductor

  290. Leatherjack  ______
    Oligoplites saurus

  291. White Trevally  ______
    Pseudocaranx dentex

  292. Greater Amberjack  ______
    Seriola dumerili

  293. Florida Pompano  ______  NC  (FGCF:251)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1766)
    Trachinolus carolinus

  294. Permit  ______  (species described by Linnaeus in 1758)
    Trachinolus falcatus

    SNAPPERS  (Family Lutjanidae)

  295. Queen Snapper  ______  
    Etelis oculatus

  296. Mutton Snapper  ______
    Lutjanus analis

    GRUNTS  (Family Haemulidae)

  297. Pigfish  ______  NC  (species described by Linnaeus in 1766)
    Orthopistis chrysoptera 

    PORGIES  (Family Sparidae)

  298. Sheepshead  ______  NC  (FGCF:273)
    Archosargus probatocephalus

  299. Sea Bream  ______
    Archosargus rhomboidalis

  300. Pinfish  ______  NC  (FGCF:277)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1766)
    Lagodon rhomboides

  301. Red Porgy  ______  (species described by Linnaeus in 1758)
    Pagrus pagrus

  302. Scup  ______  (species described by Linnaeus in 1766)
    Stenotomus chrysops   

    DRUMS  (Family Sciaenidae)

  303. Silver Perch  ______
    Bairdiella chrysoura

  304. Silver Seatrout  ______
    Cynoscion nothus

  305. Weakfish  ______
    Cynoscion regalis

  306. Northern Kingfish  ______  NC  (FGCF:285)  (also known as Whiting)
    Menticirrhus saxatilis

  307. Southern Kingfish  ______  NC  (FGCF:285)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1758)
    Menticirrhus americanus

  308. Atlantic Croaker  ______  NC  (FGCF:285)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1766)
    Micropogonias undulatus

  309. Spot  ______  NC  (FGCF:285)
    Leiostomus xanthurus

  310. Black Drum  (t2)  ______  (species described by Linnaeus in 1766)
    Pogonias cromis  

  311. Red Drum  ______  NC  (FGCF:289)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1766) 
    Sciaenops ocellatus

  312. Spotted Seatrout  ______  NC  (FGCF:281)
    Cynoscion nebulosus

    BARRACUDAS  (Family Sphyraenidae)

  313. Great Barracuda  (ph)  ______  FL  (FGCF:375)
    Sphyraena barracuda

    The Great Barracuda grows to 10 feet in length.

    Great Barracuda

  314. Northern Sennet  ______  FL  (FGCF:375)
    Sphyraena borealis

  315. Guaguanche  ______  FL  (FGCF:375)
    Sphyraena guachancho

    SNAKE MACKERELS  (Family Gempylidae)

  316. Snake Mackerel  ______  FL  (FGCF:375)
    Gempylus serpens 

  317. Escolar  ______  FL  (FGCF:377)
    Lepidocybium flavobrunneum

  318. Black Snake Mackerel  ______  FL  (FGCF:377)
    Neolotus tripes

  319. Black Gemfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:377)
    Besiarchus nasutus

  320. Roudi Escolar  ______  FL  (FGCF:377)
    Promethichthys prometheus

  321. Oilfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:377)
    Ruvettus pretiosus

    CUTLASSFISHES  (Family Trichiuridae)

  322. Atlantic Cutlassfish  ______  FL  (FGCF:379)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1758)
    Trichiurus lepturus

    TUNAS & MACKERELS  (Family Scombridae)

  323. Albacore  ______  FL  (FGCF:383)
    Thunnus alalunga

  324. Yellowfin Tuna  (*)  ______  FL  (FGCF:383)
    Thunnus albacares

  325. Blackfin Tuna  ______  FL  (FGCF:383)
    Thunnus atlanticus

  326. Bigeye Tuna  (t3)  ______  FL  (FGCF:385)
    Thunnus obesus

  327. Atlantic Bluefin Tuna  (t2)  ______  FL  (FGCF:385)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1758)
    Thunnus thynnus

    The Atlantic Bluefin Tuna grows to 11 feet in length.

  328. Skipjack Tuna  (*)  ______ FL  (FGCF:381)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1758)
    Katsuwonus pelamis

  329. Bullet Mackerel  ______    FL  (FGCF:379)
    Auxis rochei

  330. Frigate Mackerel  ______  FL  (FGCF:379)  (also called Frigate Tuna)
    Auxis thazard

  331. Little Tunny  ______  FL  (FGCF:379)
    Euthynnus alletteratus

  332. Atlantic Mackerel  (*)  ______ FL  (FGCF:381)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1758)
    Scomber scombrus

  333. Atlantic Chubb Mackerel  ______  FL  (FGCF:381)
    Scomber colias

  334. King Mackerel ______  FL  (FGCF:381)
    Scomberomarus cavalla 

    The King Mackerel grows to 6.2 feet in length.

  335. Spanish Mackerel  ______  FL  (FGCF:383)
    Scomberomarus maculatus 

  336. Cero  ______  FL  (FGCF:383)
    Scomberomarus regalis

  337. Wahoo  (*)  ______ FL  (FGCF:379)
    Acanthocybium solandri

  338. Atlantic Bonito  ______  FL  (FGCF:381)
    Sarda sarda 

    BILLFISHES  (Family Istiophoridae)

  339. Atlantic Sailfish  (*)  ______ NC (p)  (FGCF:385)
    Istiophorus albicans

    The Sailfish grows up to 11 feet in length.  

  340. Longbill Spearfish  (*)  ______ NC (p)
    Tetrapturus pfluegeri

    The Longbill Spearfish grows up to 8.2 feet. 

  341. Roundscale Spearfish  ______  
    Tetrapturus georgii

    The Roundscale Spearfish can be misidentified as the White Marlin.

  342. White Marlin  (*)  ______ NC (p)
    Kajikia albidus

    The White Marlin grows up to 9 feet in length.

  343. Blue Marlin  (*)  ______ NC (p)  (FGCF:385)
    Makaira nigricans

    The Blue Marlin grows up to 14.7 feet in length. 

    SWORDFISH  (Family Xiphiidae)

  344. Swordfish  (*)  ______ NJ (p)  (FGCF:385)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1758)   
    Xiphias gladius

    LEFT-EYE FLOUNDERS  (Family Bothidae)

  345. Eyed Flounder  ______
    Bothus ocellatus

  346. Twospot Flounder  ______
    Bothus robinsi

  347. Spiny Flounder  ______
    Engyophrys senta

  348. Deepwater Flounder  ______
    Monolene sessilicauda

    RIGHT-EYE FLOUNDERS  (Family Pleuronectidae)

  349. Witch Flounder  ______  (species described by Linnaeus in 1758)
    Glyptocephalus cynoglossus 

  350. American Plaice  ______  
    Hippoglossoides platessoides

  351. Atlantic Halibut  (t2)  ______  (species described by Linnaeus in 1758)
    Hippoglossus hippoglossus 

    The Atlantic Halibut grows up to 8 feet in length. 

    SAND FLOUNDERS  (Family Paralichthyidae)

  352. Gulf Flounder  ______  NC  (FGCF:399)
    Paralichthy albigutta

  353. Summer Flounder  ______  NC  (FGCF:401)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1766)
    Paralichthys dentatus

  354. Southern Flounder  ______  NC  (FGCF:401)
    Paralichthys lethostigma 

    PUFFERS  (Family Tetraodontidae)

  355. Northern Puffer  ______  NC  (FGCF:421)
    Sphoeroides maculatus

    PORCUPINE FISHES  (Family Diodontidae)

  356. Striped Burrfish  ______  NC  (FGCF:425)
    Chilomycterus schoepfi

    SUNFISHES & MOLAS  (Family Molidae)

    Large fish with disc-like bodies, lacking a tail. 

  357. Ocean Sunfish  (ph) (*)  ______ DE(p)  NC(p)  NJ (p)  (FGCF:427)  (species described by Linnaeus in 1758)
    Mola mola

    Mola Mola grow up to 11.5 feet in length and can weigh up to 2 tons.

    An Oceanic Sunfish photographed during a FONT pelagic trip 

References include:

"Sea Life - A Complete Guide to the Marine Environment", edited by Geoffrey Waller, with principal contributors Marc Dando & Michael Burchett, 1996.  

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