Fat Snook: Centropomus parallelus


  • Deeper body than other snook species
  • Mouth reaches below the center of the eye
  • Black lateral line extends onto tail
  • Yellow-brown to green-brown on back
  • Silver color on sides

Similar Species: Other snook species 

Size: Common to 10 inches, but may reach 28 inches 


Inshore species found in mangroves. Commonly found in freshwater. Occurs more in freshwater than other snook species.


Mangrove shorelines serve as nursery grounds for young.

Additional Information

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

Recreational Regulations

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

FWC Facts:
Divers must make reasonable efforts to stay within 300 feet of a divers-down flag on open waters and within 100 feet of a flag within rivers, inlets or navigation channels.

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