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Swordspine Snook: Centropomus ensiferus

Appearance:

smallest of the snooks; profile slightly concave; prominent lateral line outlined in black (not solid), extends through caudal fin; color yellow-green to brown-green above, silvery below; giant second anal spine, hence the name; largest scales of all snook

Habitat:

occurs in INSHORE estuarine habitats from south Florida to as far north on east coast as St. Lucie River.

Behavior:

full-grown adults are less than 12 inches long; mangrove shoreline habitat serves as nursery area for young; rare on Florida's west coast; prefers only slightly brackish or fresh water.

State Record:

This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

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Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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