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sand-seatrout

Seatrout (Sand)

Cynoscion arenarius

Description: Pale body color, yellow above, silver to white below; one or two prominent canine teeth usually at tip of upper jaw; inside of mouth yellow; no well-defined black spots on back; 10 to 12 soft rays in anal fin; no chin barbels.

Similar Fish: Silver seatrout, C. nothus.

Where Found: A Gulf species, that may occur in the Atlantic waters of extreme southeastern Florida; adults predominantly found inshore residing in bays and inlets, but may move offshore during winter months; young occur inshore in shallow bays.

Size: Usually less than 1 pound (10 to 12 inches).

Remarks: Matures during first or second year; prolonged inshore spawning season extends through spring and summer; feeds mainly on small fish and shrimp.

Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles

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