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 Black []

(Mycteroperca bonaci)  aka Carbuerita

 
 Coney (Red Phase) []

(Epinephelus fulvus)

 Gag []

(Mycteroperca microlepis) aka Black Grouper, Grey Grouper

 Red []

(Epinephelus morio)

 Red Hind / Graysby []

(Epinephelus guttatus)

 Rock Hind []

(Epinephelus adscensionis) aka Strawberry Grouper

 Scamp / Yellowmouth []
Scamp - (Mycteroperca phenax) aka Broomtail
Yellow Mouth - (Mycteroperca interstitialis)

 Snowy []

(Epinephelus niveatus)

Snowy Grouper (An exception to the norm)

 Speckled Hind []

(Epinephelus drummondhayi) aka Kitty Mitchell

 Warsaw []

(Epinephelus nigritus)

 Yellowedge []

(Epinephelus flavolimbatus)

 Yellowfin []

(Mycteroperca venenosa) aka Fireback


Grunts

 Cottonwick []

(Haemulon melanurum)

 Margate []

(Haemulon album)

 Pigfish []

(Orthopristis chrysoptera)

 Tomtate []

(Haemulon aurolineatum)

 White Grunt []

(Haemulon plumieri)


Jacks

 Jack Comparison []

(The "Boot")


Note: Lesser Amberjack are typically caught in deep water (300+ feet)


Greater Amberjack

Banded Rudderfish


Juvenille Greater Amberjack

Lesser Amberjack

 African Pompano []

(Alectis ciliaris)

 Almaco/Lesser Amberjack []

(Seriola rivloiana) aka-Bar Jack

 Banded Rudderfish []

(Seriola zonata)

 Blue Runner []

(Caranx crysos)

 Crevalle Jack []

(Caranx hippos)

 Greater Amberjack []

(Seriola dumerili)

 Lesser Amberjack []

(Seriola fasciata)

 Rainbow Runner []

(Elagatis bipinnulata)

 Yellow Jack []

(Caranx bartholomaei) - (Note: This is an uncommon species off South Carolina)


Mackerel

 Atlantic Bonito []

(Sarda sarda)

 Spanish-King []

(Scomberomorus maculatus)


Porgy
 Jolthead []

(Calamus bajonado) - (Note: This is an uncommon species off South Carolina)

 Knobbed []

(Calamus nodosus) - aka Jolthead

 Littlehead []

(Calamus proridens)

 Red []

(Pagrus pagrus) aka Silver Snapper, Pinky
(Note: This is the only species of porgy that has an oval rear nostril)

 Scup []

(Stenotomus chrysops) aka Sailors Choice

 Sheepshead []

(Archosargus probatocephalus)

 Spottail Pinfish []

(Diplodus holbrooki)
aka Ringtail

 Whitebone []

(Calamus leucosteus) - aka Chocolate Porgy


Sharks

 Atlantic Sharpnose (Small Coastal) []

(Rhizoprionodon terraenovae)

Second dorsal is black stripped No interdorsal ridge
 Black Nose (Small Coastal) []

(Carcharhinus acronotus)

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Dorsal originates behind pectoral fins. 2nd dorsal and anal fin have no markings.
Lacks interdorsal ridge. Dusky blotch at tip of snout more prominent in juveniles.
 Black Tip (Large Coastal) []

(Carcharhinus limbatus)

2nd dorsal is black tipped

 

Anal fin is white

 


 

 

Pectoral fin is black tipped.

 Finetooth (Small Coastal) []

(Carcharhinus isodon)

2nd dorsal and anal fin have no coloration.
 Sandbar (Large Coastal) []

(Carcharhinus plumbeus)

Interdorsal ridge

Large dorsal fin originating over the midpoint pec fins.

Unlike the silky, short rear tip of 2nd dorsal fin
 Silky (Large Coastal) []

(Carcharhinus falciformis)

Long posterior tip on both dorsal and anal fin. Anal fin is black tipped.
Interdorsal Ridge

 Spinner (Large Coastal) []

(Carcharhinus brevipinna)

No interdorsal ridge. 2nd dorsal and anal fin black tipped.



Dorsal fin is black tipped.


Snapper
 Snapper Comparision []

 Creole/Vermillion []

(Note: Creole Fish is not actually a snapper, but rather in the bass family)

Yellowish tinge on dorsal fin

 Cubera []

(Lutjanus cyanopterus)

 Dog []

(Lutjanus jocu)

 Gray []

(Lutjanus griseus)
aka Mangrove Snapper

 Hogfish []

(Lachnolaimus maximus) - aka Hog Snapper

 Lane []

(Lutjanus synagris) - aka Harbor Snapper

 Mutton []

(Lutjanus analis)

 Red []

(Lutjanus campechanus)
aka AM Red, Genuine, Chicken Snapper

 Spotfin Hogfish []

(Bodianus pulchellus)

 Yellowtail []

(Ocyurus chrysurus)


Tuna
 Albacore []

(Thunnus alalunga)

 Blackfin-Yellowfin []

(Thunnus atlanticus)

 Little Tunny []

(Euthynnus alletteratus) - aka Bonita, False Albacore

 Skipjack []

(Euthynnus pelamis)


Misc
 Bank Sea Bass []

(Centropristis ocyurus)

 Bigeye []

(Priacanthus arenatus) - aka Toro

 Golden/Blueline Tilefish []

Golden Tilefish (Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps)
Blueline Tilefish
(Caulolatilus microps) - aka Grey Tile

 Gray Triggerfish []

(Balistes capriscus) - aka Leatherjack

 Longtail Bass []

(Hemanthias leptus) - aka Harbor Snapper

 Mutton Hamlet []

(Epinephelus afer)

 Painted Wrasse []

(Halichoeres caudalis)

 Queen Triggerfish []

(Balistes vetula)

 Sand Perch/Black Sea Bass []

Sand Perch (Diplectrum formosum)
Black Sea Bass (Centropristis striata) - aka Blackfish

 Sand Tilefish []

(Malacanthus plumieri) - aka Slippery Dick

 Spinycheek Scorpionfish / Blackbelly Rosefish []

Spinycheek Scorpionfish (Neomerinthe hemingwayi)
Blackbelly Rosefish
(Helicolenus dactylopterus)

 Squirrelfish []

(Holocentrus adscensionis)

Photos and info courtesy of: Robert Wiggers, Fisheries Biologist
Office of Fisheries Management, SCDNR

Please Note: These photos are for general informational purposes and have no legal force or effect.