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Marine Animal Encyclopedia

Bonefish Albula vulpes

As its common name suggests, this fish is extremely bony. The bonefish is streamlined and silvery, with dark markings on its back, a single dorsal fin, and a blunt snout extending over the mouth. Bonefish have been found in tropical and subtropical waters of the Pacific Ocean, but it is not yet known if these populations are a different species from those found in the eastern and western Atlantic. Although bonefish do not make good eating, they are one of the world’s most important game fish. Fishermen enjoy stalking bonefish through the shallows in bays and estuaries as they often swim at the surface with the dorsal fin showing.

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  • Order Albuliformes
  • Length Up to 3 ft (1 m)
  • Weight 22 lb (10 kg)
  • Depth 0–280 ft (0–85 m)
  • Distribution Tropical and subtropical coastal waters of western and eastern Atlantic
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