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Old 11-28-2008, 01:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Tripletail?

Was doing a patrol of the marina this morning on Longboat Key. Was looking for snook under the lights and saw something that looked like a tripletail. My only issue was that it was yellow in color with black spots. It appeared to be feeding on the docks just like tripletail do, (on it's side). It was about 10 inches long. Any thoughts?
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Old 11-29-2008, 04:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like one. Often the smaller ones can be very yellow. Oftened mottled with black as they grow larger. The color can change to match backgrounds. I think the yellow helps them blend in with sargassum weed. Cool!
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Old 12-03-2008, 06:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This is from Wikipedia:
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Juvenile Atlantic tripletails are colored a mottled yellow, brown, and black. Adults are jet black. When it lies on its side at the surface, the tripletail is sometimes confused for a floating mangrove leaf. The juveniles have white pectoral fins and a white margin on the caudal fin. Adult tripletails have varied mottled color patterns which range from dark brown to reddish brown, often with a tint of gray.


RFA released this juvie last March outside of PC.

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Old 12-05-2008, 02:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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This tripletail is changing out of his yellow coloration. We have collected small ones in the port from black to bright yellow. As Scott said the small yellow tripletail are generally hiding in the sargasum weed.

Do any of the pictures look like what you saw?
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Old 12-28-2008, 08:45 AM   #5 (permalink)
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It was a tripletail. The first one that I have seen in Sarasota Bay. Cool Find.
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