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Menticirrhus americanus

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    Thought to prefer high wave action areas such as sand bars where the crashing waves dislodge and suspend small crabs and other small crustaceans. Feeds on fish and invertebrates.
  • Appearance:
    The back is grayish brown, fading to silvery sides and belly | 7 to 8 indistinct diagonal dark blotches on sides | Scales on the underside are nearly the same size as body scales

    Up to 19 inches
  • Habitat:
    Coastal waters. Common in surf zones along beaches. Also, in shallow coastal waters with a muddy-sand bottom as well as high salinity bays and estuaries along the coast.