F-2200 OCELLATED MORAY EEL, Gymnothorax saxicola, a beautiful animal with speckled yellow and black body, and a dorsal fin that runs the length of the body. Colorful and docile in the aquarium, but should be handled with care.
Size: 20-35 cm.
F-2210 SHRIMP EEL, Ophichthys gomesei — 12 inches to 24 inches, has sharp teeth and also will not hesitate to use them. This eel lives on sandy bottoms and is occasionally caught in shrimp nets.
F-2215 LIZARDFISH, Synodus foetens — 3 inches to 9 inches, is a primitive, elongated
fish with a wicked set of teeth.
F-2240 MARSH KILLIFISH, Fundulus heterochelis, F. grandis, and F. similis, (species supplied as available), are seined from the tidal, marshy creeks immediately prior to shipment. Killifish are classical tools for demonstrating osmotic regulation, color changes, feeding, and teleost embryology. They feed greedily on mosquito larvae, copepods, etc. Size: 3-6 cm. and larger.
Per 100: $250.00
F-2250 SHEEPSHEAD KILLIFISH, Cyprinodon variegatus, can tolerate higher standard marine aquarium, feeding aggressively on anything you throw in. The males display red, blue and yellow mating colors and exhibit elaborate mating displays. Easily spawned and reared in the laboratory, Cyprinodon has been adopted as a standard laboratory test organism in water quality/pollution control testing.Size: 2-5 cm.
Per 100: $250.00
F-2260 SAILFIN MOLLY, Pocilia latipinna, a practically indestructible fish that can survive droughts, freezing, and crowding by the thousands into evaporating puddles where they are fed upon by herons, egrets, etc. Still, they are one of the most abundant creatures in the marsh. Sailfin mollies readily give birth to live young, and several generations can be easily raised in the aquarium. Males have large beautiful fins during the breeding season. Size: 2-5 cm.
Per 100: $250.00
F-2270 CHAIN PIPEFISH, Syngnathus louisianae, and other species-Also used for regeneration studies and osmotic regulation of body fluids. Size: 5-18 cm.
F-2280 LONG SNOUT SEA HORSE, Hippocampus erectus. Everyone
loves sea horses. They feed actively on grass shrimp (Ar-1360) and amphipods. Males are “pregnant” late spring through fall.
F-2280-PM Pregnant males, Each: $33.00
F-2281 REMORA, Echeneis naucrates, otherwise known as the “sharksucker” hitches a
ride on sharks and sea turtles with its dorsal fin modified into a suction device. They are responsive, intelligent fish, excellent for the large aquarium. Size: 12-24 cm.
F-2390 SHEEPSHEAD, Archosargus probatocephalus. A handsome black and white
striped fish, common around wharf pilings and oyster bars. They have powerful jaws used to demolish shellfish and barnacles. Lives well in aquariums. Size: 5-15 cm.
F-2405 SPOT TAIL PINFISH, Diplodus holbrookii. Less common than the regular pinfish but still very common. Found in coastal grass beds. Size 6 to 12 cm
F-2410 ATLANTIC SPADEFISH, Chaetodipterus faber. Common to Florida and Caribbean water, schools of spadefish are frequently seen nibbling on jellyfish, hydroids, and feeding on small crabs and shrimp when the fish matures.
Each (small): $40.00
Each (large): 50.00
F-2420 SCORPION FISH, Scorpaena brasiliensis. Red, orange, and brown, they blend
into the sea bottom, and ambush passing shrimp. Although bristling with poisonous spines, they are a popular aquarium specimen.
F-2430 SEA ROBINS, Prionotus scitulus, P. tribulus. Swims along the sand bottoms
with its wing-like pectoral fins expanded. The modified ventral fins act like fingers, feeling the bottom for prey. Size: 6-12 cm.
F-2460 FLORIDA BLENNIE, Chasmodes saburrae and other species. A large group of
small, fish (2-4 inches), common along the shells of oyster bars. Also found on shallow flats and seagrass beds. Females lay hundreds of tiny golden colored eggs in empty shells, which the males aggressively guard. Size: 3-8 cm.
F-2470 BELTED SANDFISH, Serranus subligarius. The smallest of the Sea Basses they are 5 inches long at maximum, but mature at 2 inches. Common in warm Atlantic and Caribbean waters to depths of 60 feet. Found around rocky jetties and over sand flats. Their common name comes from the large white patch on their belly. Size: 3-6 cm.
F-2480 STRIPED MULLET, Mugil cephalus. Often seen jumping out of the water, mullet are the cows of the fish world, and are the main food fish of the northern Gulf Coast. They browse along the bottom, feeding on algae and tiny creatures that live in mud.
F-2490 SOUTHERN FLOUNDER, Paralicthys albigutta. Flounders belong to the
group of fishes known as “flat fishes.” Their most unique feature is the placement of their eyes. As the young larvae develop, one eye migrates across the head toward the other. Depending on the species, flounders and other flatfishes are “right-eyed” or “left-eyed.” Lying flat on the sea bottom, flounders are masters of camouflage, changing their coloration to blend in with the substrate; hiding from predators or aggressively ambushing small fishes and crustaceans with their mighty tooth-studded jaws. Size: 5-24 cm.
Each (small): $18.75
Each (large): 30.25
F-2491 FOUR SPOT FLOUNDER
F-2500 HOG CHOKER, Trinectes maculatus. This flatfish stays buried and looks like a baby flounder but seldom grows larger than six inches. Probably named from the days when hogs roamed the beaches and gobbled up fish as fast as seine fishermen dragged their catches up on the beaches. The scales, which make the fish stick to the deck, also could lodge in a hog’s throat. Very hardy and vigorous. Size: 6-12 cm.
F-2510 BLACK-CHEEKED TONGUEFISH, Symphurus plagiusa. Small, flat, left-eyed fishes that taper to a point — “tongue-shaped” — hence the name. They are bottom-dwelling fish, common in the muddy bottoms of bays and estuaries feeding on small crustaceans and polychaete worms. Size 6-12 cm.
F-2530 CLINGFISH, Gobiesox strumosus. Small fish shaped like a skillet; with a broad head and narrow body. The pelvic fins are actually a large, broad suction disc. Clingfish are usually found hiding in or on the shells around oyster bars and seagrass beds. Size: 4-6 cm.
F-2540 GREEN FILEFISH, Monacanthus hispidus and other species, so called because of their sandpapery skin, fishermen once used their hides to strike matches. Their dorsal spine has a trigger-like mechanism that makes it spring erect when they are threatened. Size: 4-8 cm.
Each (small): $11.00
Each (large): $14.50
F-2550 COWFISH, Lactophrys tricornis, has fused armor giving it a hard-shelled,
triangular un-fishlike body. Colorful blue, green and yellow fish with two prominent horns over its eyes.
F-2560 SOUTHERN PUFFER, Spheroides nephelus, a drab smooth-skinned fish that
will inflate itself into a tight, buoyant, impregnable ball when handled. Size: 10-14 cm.
F-2561 SEA CATFISH, Arius felis is a sleek saltwater catfish that cleans up the bottom. Adult males carry and hatch the eggs in their mouths. Size 10-30 cm.
F-2562 BLACK SEA BASS, Centropristes striatus is a hardy intelligent aquarium pet. A group of them in a feeding frenzy will outdo a school of Piranhas. They are responsive and quick to recognize you at feeding time. Size 6-18 cm.
Over 18 cm, Each: $22.00
F-2570 SPINY BOXFISH, Chilomycterus schoepfi. When handled, it gulps air and inflates itself into a floating impregnable ball, bristling with little spines. Then bobbing around upside down, using its tail as a rudder, it frantically spits out the air until it can overcome its buoyancy. The boxfish’s black and yellow stripes give the aquarium color, and their heavy, bone-crushing jaws can be used to demonstrate their specialized snail and crab feeding mechanism. Size: 8-16 cm.
F-2590 GULF TOADFISH, Opsanus beta, a smooth-skinned, bad-tempered fish that is
commonly found in oyster bars. In the aquarium it will display its elaborate burrowing behavior by constructing a burrow under a rock or a piece of coral, carrying out pebbles and debris in its huge tooth-studded mouth. Then moving in tail first, it writhes to and fro until a burrow is wallowed out and only the toadfish’s head remains visible. Its peculiar mating call is known as the “boat whistle” and males fiercely guard their eggs until they hatch.
OUR “ASTRONAUT” TOADFISH HAVE CIRCLED THE GLOBE IN NASA’S SPACE SHUTTLE!
F-2600 BATFISH, Ogcocephalus cubiformes, this bizarre, highly modified benthic fish
has frog-like pectoral fins that enable it to walk on the bottom or swim in a cumbersome
fashion. It has a lure emerging from its head which is thought to secrete a hormone. Feeds on small snails. Size: 12-18 cm.
F-2595 LEOPARD TOADFISH, Opsanus pardus this species is found farther offshore
then the oyster toadfish. It is found closely associated with rocky sponge and gorgonian
bottom habitat. 10-16cm
F-2596 MIDSHIPMEN Porichthys
F-2610 SOUTHERN HAKE, Urophycis floridana. Aggressive hunter, feeds on small fish, squid and shrimp that it locates with the help of two long feelers just below each gill cover. Their eggs contain droplets of oil so that they float on the surface of the water until they hatch. Size: 8-14 cm.
F-2612 Sand Perch Diplectrum formosum
Sand Perch inhabit areas of sand, coral rubble and seagrass beds in North Carolina to coastal Florida and Gulf of Mexico and southern Caribbean (not in Bahamas and balance of Caribbean)