Tarpon Snook: Centropomus pectinatus


  • Only snook with 7 anal fin rays (others have 6)
  • Lower jaw curves upward
  • Tips of pelvic fins reach beyond anus
  • Compressed body
  • Prominent black lateral line extends onto tail

Similar Species: Other snook species 

Size: Common to 15 inches, but may reach 22 inches 


Inshore in coastal waters; frequently found in freshwater.


Feed on small fish and large crustaceans. Mangrove shorelines serve as nursery areas for young. Rare on Florida’s west coast.

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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