Tarpon Snook: Centropomus pectinatus
Only snook with 7 anal fin rays (others have 6); lower jaw curves upward; compressed body; prominent black lateral line extends through tail; tips of pelvic fin reach beyond anus.
INSHORE in south Florida; frequently in fresh water.
Maximum size of 16 to 18 inches; feeds on small fish and larger crustaceans; young are nurtured along mangrove shorelines; rare on Florida's west coast.
State Record: This species is not currently eligible for a state record.
Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles