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Richard Cabug shows off a sheepshead at Surfside Jetty County Park, in Surfside Beach, on December 14, 2021.The monikers and nicknames we’ve doled out to most fish species tend toward the obvious. You don’t have to be an avid angler or an ichthyologist (a scientist who studies fish)—heck, you don’t even need much of an imagination—to notice that speckled trout have speckles, for example. Gulf toadfish look like you-know-what. And guess what kind of sound Atlantic croakers make?When it comes to the delicious Archosargus probatocephalus, a species found along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, we have two naming options. Some call it the convict fish because the black-and-white vertical markings on its flat, oval body are reminiscent of the stripes worn by prisoners. The fish’s more common name is a little more creative: the sheepshead. “It has these front teeth that stick…

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