Bay snook Petenia splendida

Bay Snook (Petenia splendida) are members of the chiclid family with over expanding vacuum cleaner mouths. This Central American fish is found on the Atlantic slope of where it is found in rivers and lakes in slower moving water.

The Bay Snook can grow to 20 inches in length with the males being the larger of the two genders. Even though you might think this fish quite an aggresive predator due to its large extendable mouth you would be wrong. The mouth is designed to create suction to inhale small prey that wander to close instead of it hunting down its prey.

There are tow color varieties, red and green. Pictured above is the green. The Red variety commonly goes by the name Red Bay Snook. In the wild the red variety is not nearly as common.

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