- Pale olive or brassy-brown on back, fading to a lighter belly
- Black blotches form dark bars on sides (darker blotch above pectoral fin)
- Head with wavy blue lines
- Lips are purplish-blue
- Adults have tail with three lobes
- Top of head (nape) lacks scales
Similar Species: Rock sea bass, C. philadelphica (has spot near middle of dorsal base and head is fully-scaled)
Size: Up to 12 inches
Coastal waters over hard bottom areas.
Feed on small fishes and invertebrates.