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Cardinal Catch

September 21, 2007
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|| |—| || |DEEP DWELLER: This cardinal snapper was taken off St. Maarten. Photo: Courtesy of Stephan Kretzschmar| SWS reader Stephan Kretzschmar caught this snapper off the Caribbean island of St. Maarten. Kretzschmar said the fish is known locally as a “quaker.” We ran it by Dr. Tomio Iwamoto of the California Academy of Sciences for an ID. The fish is a Cardinal snapper (Pristipomoides macrophthalmus). This western Atlantic species can be found in water as deep as 1,800 feet.

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