Centropomus pectinatus
Poey 1860
Family Centropomidae

Lateral view of a tarpon snook
The tarpon snook pictured above was collected in Brevard County, Florida in 2016. It is now part of the Florida Museum ichthyology collection, UF 23869. Florida Museum photo by Zachary Randall

The tarpon snook is a member of the snook family. It has a moderately deep body, a large head and a large mouth. There are between 61 and 72 scales in the row above the lateral line. The pelvic fin reaches to or past the anus and is black-tipped, and the pectoral fin is shorter than the pelvic fin. This species has a terminal mouth and protruding jaw. Tarpon snook are 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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