Centropomus undecimalis
(Bloch 1792)
Family Centropomidae

Lateral view of the common snook
The photo above shows an adult, top, and juvenile, bottom, common snook. These fish are now part of the Florida Museum ichthyology collection. Top: UF 238678 Bottom: UF 237894 Florida Museum photo by Zachary Randall

The common snook is a member of the snook family. It has a semi-elongate body, a large head and a large mouth. It is the most slender-bodied snook in Florida, and this species has between 67 and 77 scales in the row above the lateral line. The pelvic fin does not reach the anus in specimens larger than about four inches, and there is a terminal mouth and protruding lower jaw. The common snook is a marine species that enters inland marshes and the shorelines of vegetated rivers, creeks, canals and lakes

Status & distribution

  • Status — Marine invader
  • Florida Distribution — the Gulf Coast, South Florida and the Atlantic Coast
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