Bonefish

Taxobox
name = "Bonefish"


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regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Actinopterygii
ordo = Albuliformes
familia = Albulidae
genus = Albula
species = "A. vulpes"
binomial = "Albula vulpes"
binomial_authority = Linnaeus, 1758
The bonefish is the type species of the Albulidae, or bonefishes. It is amphidromous, living in inshore tropical waters, moving onto shallow tidal flats to feed with the incoming tide, and retreating to deeper water as the tide ebbs. Juvenile bonefish may be observed in large shoals of like-sized individuals with large mature fish swimming in smaller groups or in pairs. Bonefish are considered to be among the world's premier game fish and are highly sought after by anglers. Bonefish are primarily caught for sport. They are not commonly eaten. In Hawaii, bonefish known as "O'io" are eaten.

Range

Worldwide in warm seas.FishBase_species|genus=Albula|species=vulpes|year=2007|month=June] . Bonefish are caught by sport anglers in shallows near Sanbis Resort in Gizo in the Solomon Islands. The abundant sand flats surrounding Christmas Island are prime bonefishing destinations for anglers from all over the world.

Description

Weight up to 10 kg, Length to 104 cm. Silvery in colour with dusky fins—the bases of the pectoral fins are yellow. Heavily schooling fish, with some of the larger individuals traveling singly or in schools.

The bonefish, also known as phantom or gray ghost, is probably pound for pound the strongest and fastest running salt-water fish. Bonefishing is a shallow-water pursuit done in depths ranging from 8 inches to 8 feet. Flats sporting currents; dropoffs along the edge and clean, healthy seagrass beds produce adundante small crabs and shrimps that bonefish prey upon. Bonefish are known to follow stingrays, looking for small prey items disturbed by the rooting stingrays.
* [http://www.flkeys-fishing.com/fishing/bonefishing.html Bonefishing in the Florida Keys Backcountry]

Diet

Known to feed on benthic, worms, fry, crustaceans, and molluscs.

Habitat

Found from 0-5m depth in coastal waters over grassy or sandy ocean floor.

Points of note

An important game fish. This fish may improve its tolerance to oxygen-poor water by inhaling air into a lung-like airbladder. Live Shrimp is one of the most effective baits for this species.
* [http://www.flkeys-fishing.com/fishing/bonefishing.html Bonefishing in the Florida Keys Backcountry]

References


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  • bonefish — ☆ bonefish [bōn′fish΄ ] n. pl. bonefish or bonefishes (see FISH) any of a family (Albulidae, order Elopiformes) of silvery marine fishes; esp., a game and food fish (Albula vulpes) of shallow tropical waters …   English World dictionary

  • Bonefish — Bone fish , n. (Zo[ o]l.) See {Ladyfish}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bonefish — /bohn fish /, n., pl. bonefishes, (esp. collectively) bonefish. a marine game fish, Albula vulpes, found in shallow tropical waters, having a skeleton composed of numerous small, fine bones. Also called ladyfish. [1725 35, Amer.; BONE1 + FISH] *… …   Universalium

  • bonefish — Ladyfish La dy*fish , n. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A large, handsome oceanic fish ({Albula vulpes}), found both in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans; called also {bonefish}, {grubber}, {French mullet}, and {macab[ e]}. (b) A labroid fish ({Harpe rufa}) of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bonefish — /ˈboʊnfɪʃ/ (say bohnfish) noun (plural bonefish or bonefishes) a marine fish, Albula vulpes, of shallow Australian waters. Usage: For variation in the plural inflection, see note at fish1 …   Australian English dictionary

  • bonefish —    Ō io (for growth stages, see Haw. Eng. entry);    ♦ large bonefish, kuahauli …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • bonefish — noun Date: 1884 1. a slender silvery small scaled fish (Albula vulpes) that is a notable sport and food fish of warm seas 2. ladyfish 2 • bonefishing noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bonefish — noun any of various game fish, of the family Albulidae, found in shallow, tropical waters Syn: grey ghost …   Wiktionary

  • bonefish — n. type of fish …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bonefish — noun (plural same or bonefishes) a silvery game fish of warm coastal waters. [Albula vulpes and other species.] …   English new terms dictionary


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