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Tarpon Snook: Centropomus pectinatus

Appearance:

only snook with 7 anal fin rays (others have 6); lower jaw curves upward; compressed body; prominent black lateral line extends through tail; tips of pelvic fin reach beyond anus.

Habitat:

INSHORE in south Florida; frequently in fresh water.

Behavior:

maximum size of 16 to 18 inches; feeds on small fish and larger crustaceans; young are nurtured along mangrove shorelines; rare on Florida's west coast.

State Record:

This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

Fishing Tips and Facts:

Additional Information:


Image Credit: Diane Rome Peebles



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