Organization of Fish Identification Section
For those unfamiliar with the parts of a fish, a diagram is included for reference.
Description: the details most readily observed have been given top priority, since the angler has only moments to decide whether a fish is or is not a legal catch. Fin-ray counts are supplied when essential.
Similar Fish: many fish have "look-alikes," other fish that resemble them closely. In such instances, the most readily seen differences are given.
Where found: although the ocean has no fences, many fish are locked into particular habitats, information that often tells the angler where to drop the hook.
Size: anglers usually judge the size of a fish by its weight, which simplifies record keeping. Scientists use length, since age/length relationships are more reliable than age/weight.
Note: The Florida records quoted are from the Department of Environmental Protection's printed publication, Fishing Lines and are not necessarily the most current ones. The records are provided as only as a benchmark.
Remarks: this includes the fish's life history (if known), behavior, and feeding habits.
Source: Fishing Lines, a Department of Environmental Protection publication.