silvery with 4 to 6 black vertical bands on each side which
sometimes become obscure in larger fish; deep, flattened body;
separated first and second dorsal fins; concave caudal fin;
anterior rays of second dorsal fin and anal fin elongated.
Similar Fish: no
close resemblances, but frequently and mistakenly called
INSHORE and NEARSHORE, around natural and artificial reefs, and
especially near navigation markers in 15 to 20 feet of water.
catches less than 2 pounds, known to reach 15 pounds.
in spring and summer; travels in large schools; small juveniles
almost totally black, known to drift on their sides and mimic
floating debris; feeds on crustaceans, small encrusting
invertebrates, and may nibble on tentacles of jellyfish.
* The Florida
records quoted are from the Department of Environmental
Protection's printed publication, Fishing Lines and are not
necessarily the most current ones. The records are provided as
only as a benchmark.