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Saltwater Fish Identification

Common Snook
Centropomus undecimalis


   
Common Name(s):

Lineside, Robalo, Ravillia

Description:

The Common Snook is a silvery fish with a yellow green or olive tint. It has a body that is streamlined and slender with a distinct black lateral line running from the top of its gills to the end of its forked tail. It has a sloping forehead, a long, concave snout, and a large mouth with brush like teeth and a protruding lower jaw. The fins are occasionally bright yellow, although the pelvic fin is usually pale, unlike the orange yellow, black-tipped pelvic fin of the Tarpon Snook. The Common Snook has a high, divided dorsal fin, as well as small scales that run from about 70 to 77 along the lateral line to the base of the tail. It has relatively short anal spines that do not reach the base of the tail when pressed against the body; there are usually 6 soft rays in the anal fin. There are also 15 to 16 rays in the pectoral fins and 7 to 9 gill rakers on the first arch.

Similar Fish:

Swordspine Snook, Tarpon Snook

Feeding Habits:

Common Snook feed on both freshwater and saltwater fish, shrimp, crabs, and larger crustaceans.

Range:

Southern Florida, Antilles, Central and South American coasts from south Gulf of Mexico to Rio de Janeiro.

Habitat:

Snook inhabit warm, shallow coastal waters and are able to tolerate freshwater and saltwater. They are most common along continental shores, preferring fast-moving tides and relying on the shelter of estuaries, lagoons, mangrove areas, and brackish strea

Typical Size:

Common Snook are generally 3 to 15 pounds and can reach of maximum of 60 pounds or more.

World Record:

53 pounds, 10 ounces (IGFA)


 



 

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