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Bonefish
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Bonefish

The bonefish (Albula vulpes) is locally known as Macabi. Bonefish are the most popular saltwater sport fishing species in the world. Their lightning-fast speed and pound-for-pound fighting capability distinguishes them from many other sport fish. Bonefish are abundant in Belize. They are often found in shallow flats or around cayes (islands), eating on crabs, shrimp, and baitfish in the sand and coral. Their reflective scales make Bonefish highly adept at blending into their surroundings, which makes it difficult for predators to spot them on the flats. The color of bonefish can range from very silver sides and slight darker backs to olive green backs that blend to the silver side. While bonefish donít really have teeth in the conventional sense, they do possess impressive sets of pharyngeal teeth. These are granular teeth that are posited along the upper jaw, the throat, and the tongue. Theyíre used for grinding and crushing food after itís been snatched up. Bonefish can live up to 20 years and reach sexual maturity at 2-3 years of age.

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