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Bank Sea Bass: Centropristis ocyurus

Appearance:

  • Pale olive or brassy brown in color with indistinct black blotches that form vertical barrings (the blotch above the pectoral fin is darker)
  • Wavy blue lines on the head and the lips are purplish-blue
  • The caudal fin is tri-lobed on adults
  • Edge of the nape is unscaled

Habitat:

 Bank sea bass are found offshore in deep water with rocks and reefs.

Behavior:

These fish feed on the bottom consuming squid, crustaceans, and small fish.

Additional Information

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

Fishing Tips and Facts: Bank sea bass start life as females and then change to male after three to four spawning seasons.


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



FWC Facts:
Red tides have been documented along Florida's Gulf coast since the 1840s and likely occurred earlier. Fish kills around Tampa Bay were mentioned in the logs of Spanish explorers.

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