Description: Pale straw-colored above, silvery sides and white below; no distinctive pigmentation, although faint diagonal lines may be present on upper body; 8 to 9 rays in the anal fin; large eyes; short snout; one to two prominent canine teeth usually present at tip of upper jaw; lower half of tail longer than upper half.
Similar Fish: Other seatrouts.
Where Found: Most common over sand or sandy mud bottoms offshore along both the Gulf and the Atlantic coasts of Florida.
Size: Usually no more than 1/2 pound (less than 10 inches).
Remarks: Smallest seatrout; spawns offshore in deep water during spring, summer, and fall; feeds on small fish and shrimp.
Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles