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Species Account - Finfish

Species accounts provide a summary of biology and fishery information for a particular species. The accounts provide life history information, statewide landings, trends in catch rates, and results of recent stock assessments.



Atlantic Croaker (Micropogonias undulatus)

This article is a species account for Atlantic croaker (Micropogonias undulatus) in Florida.

Atlantic Thread Herring (Opisthonema oglinum)

This article is a species account for Atlantic thread herring (Opisthonema oglinum).

Ballyhoo (Hemiramphus brasiliensis) and Balao (H. balao)

This article is a species account for ballyhoo and balao.

Black Drum (Pogonias cromis)

This article is a species account for black drum (Pogonias cromis) in Florida.

Bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix)

This article is a species account for bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix) in Florida.

Bonefish (Albula vulpes)

This article is a species account for bonefish (Albula vulpes) in Florida.

Cobia (Rachycentron canadum)

This article is a species account for cobia (Rachycentron canadum) in Florida.

Crevalle Jack (Caranx hippos)

This article is a species account for crevalle jack (Caranx hippos) in Florida.

Dolphin (Coryphaena hippurus)

This article is a species account for dolphin (Coryphaena hippurus) in Florida.

Florida Pompano (Trachinotus carolinus)

This article is a species account for Florida pompano (Trachinotus carolinus) in Florida.

Flounders (Paralichthys spp.)

This article is a species account for flounders (Paralichthys spp.) in Florida.

Gag (Mycteroperca microlepis)

This article is a species account for gag (Mycteroperca microlepis) in Florida.

Gray Snapper (Lutjanus griseus)

This article is a species account for gray snapper (Lutjanus griseus) in Florida.

Greater Amberjack (Seriola dumerili)

This article is a species account for greater amberjack (Seriola dumerili) in Florida.

Grunts

This article is a species account for grunts in Florida.

Hogfish (Lachnolaimus maximus)

This article is a species account for hogfish (Lachnolaimus maximus) in Florida.

King Mackerel (Scomberomorus cavalla)

This article is a species account for king mackerel (Scomberomorous cavalla) in Florida.

Kingfishes

This article is a species account for kingfishes "whitings" (Menticirrhus spp.) in Florida.

Ladyfish (Elops saurus)

This article is a species account for ladyfish (Elops saurus) in Florida.

Lane Snapper (Lutjanus synagris)

This article is a species account for lane snapper (Lutjanus synagris) in Florida.

Menhaden (Brevoortia spp.)

This article is a species account for menhaden (Brevoortia spp.) in Florida.

Permit (Trachinotus falcatus)

This article is a species account for permit (Trachinotus falcantus) in Florida.

Pinfish (Lagodon rhomboides)

This article is a species account for pinfish (Lagodon rhomboides) in Florida.

Red Drum (Sciaenops ocellatus)

This article is a species account for red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) in Florida.

Red Grouper (Epinephelus morio)

This article is a species account for red grouper (Epinephelus morio) in Florida.

Red Snapper (Lutjanus campechanus)

This article is a species account for red snapper (Lutjanus compechanus) in Florida.

Scaled Sardines (Harengula jaguana)

This article is a species account for scaled sardines (Harengula jaguana) in Florida.

Sea Catfish (Ariidae)

This article is a species account for sea catfish (Ariidae) in Florida.

Sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus)

This article is a species account for sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus) in Florida.

Snook (Centropomus undecimalis)

This article is a species account for snook (Centropomus undecimalis) in Florida.

Spanish Mackerel (Scomberomorus maculatus)

This article is a species account for Spanish mackerel (Scomberomorous maculatus).

Spanish Sardine (Sardinella aurita)

This article is a species account for Spanish sardine (Sardinella aurita) in Florida.

Spot (Leiostomus xanthurus)

This article is a species account for spot (Leiostomus xanthurus) in Florida.

Spotted Seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus)

This article is a species account for spotted seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus) in Florida.

Striped Mullet (Mugil cephalus)

This article is a species account for striped mullet (Mugil cephalus) in Florida.

Tarpon (Megalops atlanticus)

This article is a species account for tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) in Florida.

Triggerfishes (Balistidae)

This article is a species account for triggerfishes (Balistidae) in Florida.

Tripletail (Lobotes surinamensis)

This article is a species account for tripletail (Lobotes surinamensis) in Florida.

Vermilion Snapper (Rhomboplites aurorubens)

This article is a species account for vermilion snapper (Rhomboplites aurorubens).

Weakfish (Cynoscion regalis)

This article is a species account for weakfish (Cynoscion regalis) in Florida.

Yellowtail Snapper (Ocyurus chrysurus)

This article is a species account for yellowtail snapper (Ocyurus crysurus) in Florida.


FWC Facts:
While native to South America, peacock bass have been stocked in South Florida canals and have become a very popular game fish.

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