Black Sea Bass (Centropristis striata)

Black Sea Bass

Scientific name: Centropristis striata


The fish is generally dark brown or black. Its dorsal fin has rows and stripes of white on black. The large males have markings of iridescent blue and ebony, and a fatty hump in front of the dorsal fin. The females, on the other hand, may have barings which are indistinctly vertical. The top ray of the caudal fin of an adult is elongated and may be tri-lobed. It has a sharp spine is near the posterior margin of the gill cover.


The black sea bass can be found offshore in reefs and rubbles. Smaller species are often found inshore.

Florida location:

Black sea bass inhabits the coasts in Northeast Florida.

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