- Deep-body that is silver with a reddish tint
- Front profile of head very steep
- Nape strongly projecting in adults
- Front of head is dark purplish-gray with yellowish-bronze spots
- Base of pectoral fin has large blue spot
Similar Species: Littlehead porgy, C. proridens (has many wavy, dark blue lines on snout)
Size: Up to 21 inches
Coastal waters over hard bottoms from North Carolina to south Florida and the entire Gulf of Mexico.
Feed mainly on invertebrates.