I don't know many fish so I am trying to get names of fish as I catch them. Can you tell from these pictures what type of fish this is? Unfortunately, I gut hooked this one. It was caught in a river in South Florida.

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    Looks a lot like a spotted sunfish but I'm not confident. Jun 18, 2018 at 1:07
  • @whatsisname Thank you for your reply. That does look very close to this. Two things stand out to me that are different though. This fish does not have the black spot over the gill area and also it is more narrow and long instead of short and tall. Those differences may be due to gender and variation based on age and location I guess but I feel like this may be different. Another thing is that this fish has 4 - 6 teeth, you can see one in the last picture. Do sunfish have teeth?
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    Jun 18, 2018 at 10:25
  • Could it be a type of snapper? Looks kinda of like myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/saltwater/snapper/… This river is not strictly freshwater, its kind of brackish.
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    Jun 20, 2018 at 15:18

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That looks like a mangrove snapper, (there are quite a few different names of snapper) and I am making the identification on two things, the pattern of diamond shaped spots and the top fin being whole and not split into two fins..

See this picture of a mangrove snapper.

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  • Thank you, yes that does look just like it!
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    Jun 21, 2018 at 10:17

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