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Swordspine Snook: Centropomus ensiferus

Appearance:

  • Anal fin extends past the base of the caudal fin
  • Largest scales of all snook
  • Color yellow-green to brown-green on back with a silver belly
  • Smallest of the snooks
  • Profile slightly concave
  • Prominent lateral line extends onto tail

Similar Species: Other snook species

Size: Common to 10 inches, but may reach 15 inches 

Habitat:

Occurs in inshore estuarine habitats.

Behavior:

Mangrove shorelines serve as nursery areas for young.

Rare on Florida’s west coast.

Prefers only slightly brackish or freshwater.

Additional Information

State Record:External Website This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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