Bank Sea Bass: Centropristis ocyurus


  • 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


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


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

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.

Additional Information:

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

FWC Facts:
Research has shown that many species of fishes, crustaceans and shellfish depend on seagrass meadows for habitat.

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