The Hogchoker (Trinectes maculatus) is a small flatfish fish found in freshwater streams and rivers along the coast of parts of North America. It is a species of sole. They are usually brown to dark brown in color, and lighter on their "blind side" (side lacking an eye). The overall body color is often broken by a series of spots and thin stripes, which can be lighter or darker than the main body color. The fins and tail have fringed edges helping hide the fish from its prey. They mainly feed on small aquatic insects and invertebrates.
Distinguished from other species by an inter-brachial septum lacking a foramen. Also, Trinectes maculatus often has no (rarely one) ray(s)in its pectoral fin.
Temporary swim ban at 3 local beaches: Three Newport News beaches are off limits to swimming until at least Monday. Red tide may have hit the James River.
Aug 26, 2007; Byline: Lisa Finneran Aug. 26--NEWPORT NEWS -- Sophie Richman noticed the James River behind her Hilton area home take on a red...