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Family Serranidae, SEA BASSES AND GROUPER


Centropristis striata

 

Description: basic color dark brown or black; dorsal fin has rows and stripes of white on black; large males have irridescent blue and ebony markings, and fatty hump in front of dorsal fin; females may have indistinct vertical barrings; topmost ray of caudal fin much elongated in adults; caudal may be tri-lobed; sharp spine near posterior margin of gill cover.

 

Similar Fish: bank sea bass C. ocyurus; other Centropristis.

 

Where found: structure-loving fish, associated with reefs and rubble OFFSHORE; smaller specimens often found INSHORE finger channels.

 

Size: common to 1.5 pounds (13 inches).

 

*Florida Record: 5 lbs., 1 oz.

 

Remarks: spawns January through March; protogynous hermaphrodites, older females becoming breeding males; omnivorous bottom feeders, diet including small fish, crustaceans, and shellfish.

 

 

 

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