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Silver Perch: Bairdiella chrysoura

Appearance:

  • Color silvery with yellowish fins
  • No spots
  • No chin barbels
  • No prominent canine teeth at tip of upper jaw
  • Preopercle finely serrated
  • 5 to 6 chin pores
  • Mouth terminal

Habitat:

Silver perch are found inshore in seagrass beds, tidal creeks and rivers, and marshes.

Behavior:

Spawning takes place in shallow, saline portions of bays and other inshore areas, peaking between May and September.  Silver perch mature by second or third year (by 6 inches).  Adults eat crustaceans and small fishes.  They may live to 6 years.

Additional Information

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

Silver perch are similar in appearance to the sand seatrout, Cynoscion arenarius. Seatrout usually have 1 or 2 prominent canine teeth at tip of upper jaw and do not have chin pores.


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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