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Write the name of each fish in the box.
Fish Dichotomous Key

Step 1
If fish shape is long and skinny then go to step 2
If fish shape is not long and skinny, then go to step 3
Step 5
If fish has spots, then go to step 6
If fish does not have spots, then go to step 7
Step 2
If fish has pointed fins, it is a trumpet fish
If fish has smooth fins, it is a spotted moray eel
Step 6
If fish has chin "whiskers," it is a spotted goat fish
If fish does not have chin "whiskers," it is a band-tail puffer
Step 3
If fish has both eyes on top of the head, then go to step 4
If fish has one eye on each side of the head, then go to step 5
Step 7
If fish has stripes, then go to step 8
If fish does not have stripes, it is a glassy sweeper
Step 4
If fish has long whip-like tail, it is a spotted eagle ray
If fish has short, blunt tail, it is a peacock flounder
Step 8
If fish has a v-shaped tail, it is a squirrel fish
If fish has a blunt tail, it is a glass-eye snapper

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