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cobia

Cobia

Rachycentron canadum

Description: Long, slim fish with broad depressed head; lower jaw projects past upper jaw; dark lateral stripe extends through eye to tail; first dorsal fin comprised of 7 to 9 free spines; when young, has conspicuous alternating black and white horizontal stripes.

Similar Fish: Remore, Eceneis naucrates.

Where Found: Both inshore and nearshore inhabitating inlets, bays, and among mangroves; frequently seen around buoys, pilings, and wrecks.

Size: Common to 30 pounds.

Remarks: Spawns in spring and early summer; feeds on crabs, squid, and small fish.

Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles

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