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This book is a given for recreational and commercial fishermen as well as anyone who loves the outdoors! Since most anglers identify their fish by reviewing illustrations rather than using scientific keys, the authors have succeeded in making fishing easier by providing superb illustrations and detailed diagnostics for fish identification. A valuable, one-stop reference tool for everyday anglers, fisheries experts, biologists, and outdoors writers, this guide includes intensively researched information on 207 species of saltwater fish, essential data on each speciesí habitat, identification, typical size, and food value. By Jerald Horst & Mike Lane, illustrated by Duane Raver. 207 species.

Lizardfish, Inshore
Synodus foetens

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Family:  Lizardfishes  (Synodontidae)
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Other Names :Sand Pike, Lizardfish, Inshore Lizardfish
Range & Habitat :Gulfwide, on sand and mud bottoms, from beaches out to about 150 feet deep, where it is replaced by the offshore lizardfish, Synodus poeyi.
Identification & Biology :Inshore lizardfish are brown in color, with a row of white spots down the upperside and a row of brown spots down the side. They are round in cross-section and very slender. They have very pointed heads and a mouth full of sharp teeth. Eight species of lizardfish occur in the Gulf of Mexico. Lizardfish are voracious predators that feed by lying on or partially buried in the bottom and darting upward to grab their prey.
Size :Usually under 16 inches
Food Value :None.
Description by: Jerald Horst, Associate Professor, Fisheries - LSU AgCenter

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