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Crappie, Rock Bass, or Other?

Discussion in 'Name that Critter' started by SeaYoda, Sep 29, 2005.

  1. SeaYoda

    SeaYoda Solo Diver

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    This guy is from a fresh water spring here in Florida. I have seen them in and around the caverns. I don't remember seeing a red eye but SuPrBuGmAn has a picture that looks more red than mine. Any input would be appreciated.

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  2. GreenDiverDown

    GreenDiverDown Instructor, Scuba

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    Catch one...fillet it...eat it...if it taste great... it must be a crappie!
     
  3. GreenDiverDown

    GreenDiverDown Instructor, Scuba

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    Sorry...I couldn't resist.

    It looks like a Black Crappie.

    Sharp gill plate...7 to 8 dorsal spines.

    Dark blotches as opposed to vertical bands like its cousin, the White Crappie.
     
  4. SeaYoda

    SeaYoda Solo Diver

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    Somehow they don't taste as good on the computer screen :D.
     
  5. GreenDiverDown

    GreenDiverDown Instructor, Scuba

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    I can taste it from here! Butter, onions, salt, maybe some taters and carrots. Yum, yum!
     
  6. archman

    archman Marine Scientist

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    This is not a good angle for an ID, but if push comes to shove, I'd go with Stephen's black crappie. If you had the fish in a perfect side profile, it'd be easy to tell black crappie from rock bass. When I first saw this photo, my immediate reaction was rock bass. But it looks too long-bodied.
     
  7. GreenDiverDown

    GreenDiverDown Instructor, Scuba

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    Now I'm doubting myself!

    I agree...more pictures! Like archman said, if we had a dead-on side profile it would help....mouth relative to eye, number of dorsal and anal fin spines.

    It just looks Crappie-like in the pic.

    I'm tellin' ya...we need a taste test.

    ...when are ya havin' us over for dinner! :D
     
  8. SeaYoda

    SeaYoda Solo Diver

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    I'll be looking for more pics but in the meanwhile here is something for you to look at. It may not help much because it's dark - but here is a short movie of one of these guys in the cavern at Morrison Springs:

    EDIT: For some reason it will not link here - you can go to my gallery and see it "Rock Bass or Crappie movie" is the title.
     
  9. abitton

    abitton Solo Diver

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    Another vote for Black Crappie...

    Kewl pic!

    Alex
     
  10. av8er23

    av8er23 Manta Ray

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    That looks like the same fish I saw at morrison springs a few weeks ago.
     

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