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Sand Perch: Diplectrum formosum

Appearance:

Also known as squirrelfish and sand sea bass.

  • Body and dorsal fins have dark-brown bars and orange and blue stripes
  • Head has many blue lines
  • Body is slender and cylindrical
  • Preopercle (cheek) with spines radiating from two clusters
  • Adults have elongated upper lobe of tail 

Size: Up to 12 inches 

Habitat:

Coastal waters, including bays, seagrass beds and shallow banks.

Behavior:

Additional Information

Despite their common name, sand perch are not “true” squirrelfishes.

Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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