Boney Fish

Moray eel (Gymnothorax saxicola)

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.

Each: $50.00


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.

Each: $22.00

Inshore lizardfish (Synodus foetens)

F-2215 LIZARDFISH, Synodus foetens

This is a primitive, elongated fish with a wicked set of teeth. They are a benthic, ambush predator which means they are usually seen buried under the sand waiting for their prey. Can be 3 inches to 9 inches.

Each: $22.00



Marsh Killifish

F-2240 MARSH KILLIFISH, Fundulus heterochelis, F. grandis, and F. similis, (species supplied as available)

They 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.

Each: $10.00

Dozen: $60.00

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.

Each: $10.00

Dozen: $60.00

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.

Each: $10.00

Dozen: $60.00

Per 100: $250.00

Chain Pipefish (Syngnathus louisianae)

F-2270 CHAIN PIPEFISH, Syngnathus louisianae, and other species

Also used for regeneration studies and osmotic regulation of body fluids. Size: 5-18 cm.

Each: $18.00



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.

Each: $27.50

Pregnant male: $33.00



Remora (Echeneis naucrates)

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. The pad on its head is used for attaching itself to other things, including other fish. It’s actually a heavily modified dorsal fin that has moved forward. Size: 7-24 cm.

Each: $44.00


A sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus) at the Virginia Aquarium.

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.

Each: $22.00

A pinfish (Lagodon rhomboides) at the Dallas World Aquarium.

F-2400 PINFISH, Lagodon rhomboides

3 inches to 6 inches, a very common aggressive fish available throughout the year. Hardy species that does well in aquariums.

Each: $12.00



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

Each: $12.00

Atlantic spadefish (Chaetodipterus faber)

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


A scorpionfish (Scorpaena brasiliensis)

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.

Each: $25.50


Bighead searobin (Prionotus tribulus)

F-2430 SEA ROBIN, 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.

Each: $22.00



Green wrasse (Halichoeres bivittatus)

F-2450 GREEN WRASSE, Halichoeres bivittatus

Has beautiful green coloration. Will bury itself in the sand substrate to hide. Size 6-10cm.

Each: $14.50



Feather blennie (Hypsoblennius henzi)

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.

Each: $14.50


Belted sandfish (Serranus subligarius)

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.

Each: $27.50


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.

Each: $20.00


F-2490 GULF/ SOUTHERN FLOUNDER, Paralichthys 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

Four-spotted flounder (Paralichthys oblongus)

F-2491 FOUR SPOT FLOUNDER, Paralichthys oblongus

Unlike the common gulf flounders, these flatfishes have four large, dark and round spots on their bodies.

Each $20.00



Hogchoker (Trinectes maculatus) from the Suwannee River in Branford, Florida, at the US Geological Survey Southeast Science Center.

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.

Each: $19.75


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.

Each: $17.50



Clingfish or skilletfish (Gobiesox strumosus)

F-2530 CLINGFISH/ SKILLET FISH, 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.

Each: $21.00



A planehead filefish (Stephanolepis hispidus) at the Newport Aquarium.

F-2540 GREEN FILEFISH, Monacanthus hispidus and other species

Their names come from 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

A cowfish (Lactophrys tricornis)

F-2550 COWFISH, Lactophrys tricornis

It has a fused armor giving it a hard-shelled, triangular un-fishlike body. Colorful blue, green and yellow fish with two prominent horns over its eyes.

Each: $22.00



Southern puffer (Spheroides nephelus)

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.

Each: $22.00


Hardhead sea catfish (Arius felis)

F-2561 SEA CATFISH, Arius felis

They are a sleek saltwater catfish that cleans up the bottom. Adult males carry and hatch the eggs in their mouths. Size 10-30 cm.

Each: $20.00



Black Sea BassF-2562 BLACK SEA BASS, Centropristes striatus

It 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.

Each: $14.50

Over 18 cm: $22.00

A striped burrfish (Chilomycterus schoepfii) at the Virginia Aquarium.

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.

Each: $22.00

Gulf toadfish (Opsanus beta)

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.

Each: $25.00


Leopard toadfish (Opsanus pardus)

F-2595 LEOPARD TOADFISH, Opsanus pardus

This species is found further offshore than the oyster toadfish. It is found closely associated with rocky sponge and gorgonian bottom habitat. 10-16cm

Each: $50.00



Batfish (Ogcocephalus cubiformes)

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.

Each: $22.00


F-2596 MIDSHIPMEN, Porichthys plectrodon

They share the same genus as toadfish. They mate through auditory communication signals. These fish also have unique light producing cells called photophores running up and down their sides that are used to attract prey. The gold dots are reminiscent of a midshipman’s naval uniform, hence the name.

Each: $20.00


Southern hake (Urophycis floridana)

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.

Each: $14.50




Each: $20.00




F-2612 SAND PERCH, Diplectrum formosum

These fish appear to have striking neon blue stripes underwater. They 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)

Each: $14.00



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