Black Sea Bass: Centropristis striata
- Basic color is dark brown or black
- Dorsal fin has rows and stripes of white on black
- Large males have iridescent blue and ebony markings and a fatty
hump in front of the dorsal fin
- Females may have indistinct vertical barings
- The topmost ray of the caudal fin is much elongated
in adults and may be tri-lobed
- A sharp spine is located near the posterior margin of gill
Black sea bass are structure-loving fish and are associated
with reefs and rubble found offshroe. Smaller specimens
are often found inshore in finger channels.
These fish spawn January through March and are protogynous
hermaphrodites, meaning older females becoming breeding
males. Black sea bass are omnivorous bottom feeders, and
their diet includes small fish, crustaceans, and shellfish.
This species is not currently eligible for a state record.
Fishing Tips and Facts:
Similar Fish: bank sea bass C. ocyurus; other Centropristis.
Image Credit: Diane Rome Peebles