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Hogchoker (Trinectes maculatus)


Because the hogchoker (Trinectes maculatus) is not often caught, this flatfish may confuse anglers. However, the lack of pectoral fins is a giveaway. Also, the lower jaw slightly overlaps the upper jaw and the fish has no snout. The name hogchoker comes from the days when this stiff, bony, scaly fish was used as food for hogs. This shallow-water species found mostly in brackish water prefers muddy or mud-and-sand bottoms.

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