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Red Porgy

Pagrus pagrus

Appearance

Illustration of a red porgy showing important characteristics
  • Head and body color is pinkish-silver with several tiny blue spots
  • Yellow coloration around eye and snout
  • Only Florida porgy with a round rear nostril (not slit-like)
  • Head rounded, not projecting

Similar Species: Other porgy species (have slit-like rear nostrils) 

Size: Up to 36 inches 

Habitat

Coastal waters over rocky or sandy bottoms.

Behavior

Feed on fishes and invertebrates.

Additional Information

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

Recreational Regulations