Description: silvery with 4 to 6 black vertical bands on
each side which sometimes become obscure in larger fish; deep,
flattened body; separated first and second dorsal fins; concave
caudal fin; anterior rays of second dorsal fin and anal fin
no close resemblances, but frequently and mistakenly called
INSHORE and NEARSHORE, around natural and artificial reefs, and
especially near navigation markers in 15 to 20 feet of water.
catches less than 2 pounds, known to reach 15 pounds.
in spring and summer; travels in large schools; small juveniles
almost totally black, known to drift on their sides and mimic
floating debris; feeds on crustaceans, small encrusting
invertebrates, and may nibble on tentacles of jellyfish.
* 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.