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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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bonefish the unpromising name of Albula vulpes, a fish of the herring family, related to the tarpon and the ladyfish; it is itself sometimes called ladyfish. The French name banane and Portuguese and Malay names with the same meaning, allude to its ‘underslung’ shape.

The bonefish, which is found worldwide in tropical waters, has a maximum length of 90 cm (35"). It has elusive habits (whence the scientific name, which means ‘white fox’) and is highly regarded as a game fish but not often seen in the markets. It has too many bones for convenience at table, but is otherwise good to eat.