Black Drum (Pogonias cromis)

Black Drum

Scientific name: Pogonias cromis


The fish is characterized by its high arched back, 10 to 14 pairs of chin barbels and large scales. The adults are often gray or black in color, while the young have 4 to 6 vertical dark stripes over their gray bodies. Their teeth are rounded and their jaws are capable of crushing oysters.


Black drum is usually found in or near brackish waters. The larger, older fish are more commonly found in oyster beds, while the juvenile fish are found in less salty areas. The fish can also be found offshore.

Florida locations:

Fernandina Beach, Orlando (Banana River Lagoon, Mosquito Lagoon, and Indian River Lagoon)

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