Description: inferior mouth; 3 to 5 pairs of small
barbels on chin; silver-gray or bronze body with dark oblique
wavy bars or lines; iridescent especially on head; preopercle
spot, Leiostomus xanthurus (has no chin barbels and has a
dark blotch on shoulder).
generally found north of Tampa Bay on the west coast and north
of Cape Canaveral on the east coast; young fish found in
estuaries; older fish (2 to 3 years) inhabit deep OFFSHORE
waters during the winter months and move into bays and estuaries
during the spring, summer and fall.
less than 2 pounds.
spawning becomes bronze or yellow in color; spawning apparently
occurs OFFSHORE in fall; longevity 2 to 4 years.
* The Florida
records quoted are from the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission's printed publication,
and are not necessarily the most current ones. The records are
provided as only as a benchmark.