My, What Big Teeth You Have

photo: C. Moran

While fishing over the rocky reefs of San Jose del Cabo in Baja California, Ichthyology lab student Clinton Moran caught himself a 45-pound Pacific dog snapper (Lutjanus novemfasciatus).  Clinton studies the mechanics of how fish feed – being the studious researcher that he is, he decided to clean and  reassemble the head bones of his catch to display the fish’s wicked chompers.  It’s easy to see where the common name comes from with those teeth that look positively canine.  Check out some more fish bone displays from Clinton and other Ichthyology students.

Can you envision what a dog snapper looks like based on its teeth?  Click here to see if you were close!

photo: C. Moran

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