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Spot: Leiostomus xanthurus

Appearance:

  • 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 

Habitat:

Coastal waters

Behavior:

Feeds on invertebrates and decaying material.

Additional Information

Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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