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Sight Identification of the Coney

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This slide set shows the main identification points for the coney, an Atlantic & Caribbean member of the seabass family that is often found on coral reefs.

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Sight Identification of the Coney

  1. 1. The Coney (Epinephalus fulvus) Sunday, May 31, 2009
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  3. 3. The Coney is a type of grouper and a member of the Seabass family (Serranidae). Sunday, May 31, 2009
  4. 4. The Coney is a type of grouper and a member of the Seabass family (Serranidae). As evidenced by these Photos… the coney shows Several color phases. This makes identification by color very impractical. However, there are other distinguishing features for this species. Sunday, May 31, 2009
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  6. 6. Regardless of color phase, all coneys have two obvious spots on their lower lip. Sunday, May 31, 2009
  7. 7. Regardless of color phase, all coneys have two obvious spots on their lower lip. Again in the orange phase, you can clearly see the lower lip spots. Sunday, May 31, 2009
  8. 8. bicolor phase Sunday, May 31, 2009
  9. 9. once again… the “lip spots” bicolor phase Sunday, May 31, 2009
  10. 10. body usually covered with small blue dots. once again… the “lip spots” bicolor phase Sunday, May 31, 2009
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  12. 12. Co ney nil es ju ve Sunday, May 31, 2009
  13. 13. Juveniles also show two more spots… on the “caudal peduncle”. Co ney nil es ju ve Sunday, May 31, 2009
  14. 14. Juveniles also show two more spots… on the “caudal peduncle”. Co ney nil es ju ve Sometimes these “saddle spots” persist into the adult phase as well. Sunday, May 31, 2009
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  16. 16. Yep… even into the adult phase we often see the saddle spots. Sunday, May 31, 2009
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  18. 18. Cone colo y r ph ases Sunday, May 31, 2009
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  20. 20. The Coney… Epinephalus fulvus Sunday, May 31, 2009

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