Description: Only snook with 7 anal fin rays (others have 6); lower jaw curves upward; compressed body; prominent black lateral line extends through tail; tips of pelvic fins reach beyond anus.
Similar Fish: Other centropomus.
Where Found: Inshore in south Florida; frequently in fresh water.
Size: Usually less than 1 pound (12 inches).
Remarks: Maximum size 16 to 18 inches; feeds on small fish and larger crustaceans; young are nurtured along mangrove shorelines; rare on Florida’s west coast.
Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles