Spot: Leiostomus xanthurus


  • Back is bluish-brown, fading to brassy sides and a silvery-white belly
  • Dark spot behind gill cover
  • Only drum in Florida with a forked caudal fin (tail)
  • Upper sides have 12 to 15 dark diagonal lines

Similar Species: Atlantic croaker, M. undulatus (has strongly serrated preopercle) 

Size: Up to 14 inches 


Coastal waters


Feeds on invertebrates and decaying material.

Additional Information

Recreational Regulations

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

FWC Facts:
The Florida scrub-jay is a 12-inch-long, blue-and-gray, crestless jay. It lacks the white wing spots and tail feather tips of the more common and widespread blue jay.

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