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Bone Fish

Albula vulpes

Other Game Fish Family

Saltwater Fish Identification

Bone Fish


Common Name(s):
Banana fish, Phantom, Silver ghost
Description:
The Bonefish is silvery in color with a bluish or greenish back. It has a slender, round body; long snout, and is conical. It also has dark streaks between scales on upper half of body and faint crossbands extending down to lateral line; extremities of dorsal and caudal fins are shaded with black.
Similar Fish:
Ladyfish
Feeding Habits:
The Bonefish uses its snout to dig up its prey which consist of crustaceans, mollusks, worms, and other smaller fish.
Range:
Although western Atlantic bonefish are occasionally taken as far north as North Carolina, New York, and New Brunswick, this species is most plentiful in south Florida, the Bahamas, and Bermuda. To the south, they range throughout the Caribbean Sea to Braz
Habitat:
They are found in shallows often less than 1 foot deep, usually over lush grass flats, occasionally over white sand.
Typical Size:
Bonefish will grow to an average of 13-14 pounds and just under 3 feet in length.
World Record:
19 pounds, 0 ounces (IGFA)