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Rock Sea Bass

Centropristis philadelphica

Description: Color olive-bronze, with dark blotches forming vertical bars; dark black blotch on middle of dorsal-fin base; tip of lower jaw purplish; bright blue and orange stripes and markings on head and fins; fully scaled nape; tail tri-lobed in adults.

Similar Fish: Bank sea bass, C. ocyurus; other Centropristis.

Where Found: Offshore; differs from other sea basses in that it is often found on sandy or muddy bottoms.

Size: Small species, rarely more than 10 inches.

Remarks: Spawns January through March; young adults are predominantly female, transforming into males as they grow older; maximum size about 10 inches.

Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles

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