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May 09, 2011

Albia Dugger

How many snappers can you name? Compare your answers with those of Sport Fishing's expert.
Q: I'm interested in snappers, particularly the giant cuberas. How many species of snappers are there, how many do we have in the U.S., and how big do they get? Also, where did the name "cubera" come from? - Jack Hunter, Winter Park, FloridaA: Around the world, the snapper family, Lutjanidae, has about 250 different species divided into 25 genera. At least 15 species reside in North American waters, and 10 of these are assigned to the genus Lutjanus, including the mutton, silk, red, blackfin, mahogany, lane, gray, schoolmaster, dog and cubera snappers.
Is there any difference between the striped marlin found off the Pacific coast of Mexico and those found on the other side of the Pacific?
What's the difference between a tuna and a bonito?
Q: Anyone who has cleaned and examined the stomach contents of a wahoo has come across one of these critters. The wahoo I cleaned recently had two of them. What are they and how do they live in a harsh environment like the digestive tract of a fish? Are they harmful to the fish? And how does a pelagic fish like a wahoo encounter an internal parasite to begin with? - Scott Kerrigan, Wilton Manors, FloridaA: These are "giant stomach worms" of the genus Hirudinella, which reach sizes up to 8 inches long. I have seen them also in the stomachs of tunas caught in the Gulf of Mexico.
Tidal changes are influenced by many factors other than lunar position.
What are the chances of the same fish being caught again and the tag recovered?
A reader found a rare occurance of a disease found in tuna called white cloud.
Some halibut can be either right-eyed or left-eyed.
The jack mackerel can be caught both inshore and offshore.