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Sheepshead Porgy Archosargus probatocephalus

 

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Sheepshead Porgy
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Family: Sparidae, Porgies view all from this family



Description The sheepshead, Archosargus probatocephalus, is a marine fish that grows to 30 in (760 mm), but commonly reaches 10 to 20 in. It is deep and compressed in body shape, with 5 to 6 dark bars on the side of the body over a gray background. It has sharp dorsal spines. Its diet consists of oysters, clams, and other bivalves, and barnacles, fiddler crabs, and other crustaceans. It has a hard mouth, with several rows of stubby teeth, which help crush prey.


Habitat Estuaries, tidal flats & salt marshes, Ocean or bay shallows, Rivers & streams.


Range New England, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Florida, Texas.


 

 

 

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