Sand Seatrout: Cynoscion arenarius


  • Pale body color, yellow above, silver to white below
  • One or two prominent canine teeth usually at tip of upper jaw
  • Inside of the mouth is yellow
  • No well-defined black spots on back
  • 10 to 12 soft rays in anal fin
  • No chin barbels


Sand seatrout are a Gulf species that may occur in the Atlantic waters of extreme south-eastern Florida.  Adults are predominantly found inshore residing in bays and inlets but may move offshore during the winter months.  Young sand seatrout occur inshore in shallow bays.


Sand seatrout mature during their first or second year.  They have a prolonged inshore spawning season that extends through the spring and summer.  They feeds mainly on small fish and shrimp.

Additional Information

State Record: This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

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