Centropomus parallelus
Poey 1860
Family Centropomidae

Lateral view of a fat snook
The fat snook pictured above was collected in Brevard County, Florida in 2016. It is now part of the Florida Museum ichthyology collection, UF 238637. Florida Museum photo by Zachary Randall

The fat snook is a member of the snook family. It has a deep body, large head, flattened snout and a large mouth. There are between 79 and 92 scales in the row above the lateral line ending at the caudal fin base, and the mouth is terminal. Fat snook have a protruding lower jaw. The fat 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 — South Florida and the Atlantic Coast
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