Saltwater_sand_seatrout

Sand Seatrout: Cynoscion arenarius

Appearance:

  • Pale body color, yellow above, silver to white below
  • One or two prominent canine teeth usually at tip of upper jaw
  • Inside of the mouth is yellow
  • No well-defined black spots on back
  • 10 to 12 soft rays in anal fin
  • No chin barbels

Habitat:

Sand seatrout are a Gulf species that may occur in the Atlantic waters of extreme south-eastern Florida.  Adults are predominantly found inshore residing in bays and inlets but may move offshore during the winter months.  Young sand seatrout occur inshore in shallow bays.

Behavior:

Sand seatrout mature during their first or second year.  They have a prolonged inshore spawning season that extends through the spring and summer.  They feeds mainly on small fish and shrimp.

State Record:

This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

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Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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