Archosargus probatocephalus is a widely distributed species in the Western Atlantic from Nova Scotia to Brazil in estuarine and marine habitats. This species is. Archosargus probatocephalus are a euryhaline species, which means that they have been collected from waters where the salinity ranged from 0 – 35 parts per. Archosargus probatocephalus, commonly referred to as the sheepshead fish, live along the coasts of the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. They can grow to a.

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Pigmentation of the larval sheepshead is brownish with a median ventral line. It can be used where it is unknown whether any enhancements have been made, as well as when the enhancements are clear but insufficient. Reproduction Populations of sheepshead in mid-Atlantic coastal waters and the Mississippi Sound spawn in primarily in the early spring although pelagic larvae have been recorded from January through May in archosargsu Gulf of Mexico. It seeks out warmer spots near spring outlets and river discharges and sometimes enters freshwater during the winter months.

Views View Edit History. Recognizing the uniqueness of the sheepshead in comparison to other porgies, long time Smithsonian scientist Theodore Nicholas Gill erected the monotypic genus Archosargus in This tag is designed for use where there may be a need to assert that any enhancements eg brightness, contrast, colour-matching, sharpening are in themselves insufficiently creative to generate a new copyright.

Archlsargus frequency ranges from once a day to once every 20 days. This file contains additional information such as Exif metadata which may have been added by the digital camera, scanner, or software program used to create or digitize it. From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. Fishermen look for rocky bottoms or places with obstructions, jettiesand the archosrgus of bridges and piers. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies.


The timestamp is only as accurate as the clock in the camera, and it may be completely wrong. Size, Age, and Growth Although it reaches a maximum size of about The distribution of the sheepshead in the western Atlantic Ocean includes coastal waters from Nova Scotia Canada through the Gulf of Mexico with the densest populations occurring off southwest Florida.

This fish is highly valued for human consumption due to its fine white flesh and mild flavor.

The sheepshead was originally described by J. When the larvae reach 4mm in length, the caudal and anal fins are well developed.

Human uses

Parasites The sheepshead is parasitized by a variety of organisms including ciliates, nematodes, trematodes, and isopods, none of which are known to pose a significant threat to populations of this fish.

The posterior nostril is slit-like in appearance. As other fish, the sheephead has a variety of parasites.

If prbatocephalus file has been modified from its original state, some details such as the timestamp may not fully reflect those of the original file. A field guide to Atlantic coast fishes of North America. Marine; brackish; reef-associated; depth range 15 -? This applies to U. Juvenile sheepshead mm have a forked caudal fin, a lateral line and exhibit adult patterning. However, the black drum has barbels on the lower jaw and reaches a much larger adult size than probafocephalus sheepshead.

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They may also be caught by longlines, seines, and trammel nets. Biology Sheepshead displaying vertical crossbars. It is marketed fresh and frozen and may be prepared by broiling, microwaving, and baking. Habitat Primarily occurring inshore around rock pilings, jetties, mangrove roots, and piers as well as in tidal creeks, the euryhaline sheepshead prefers brackish waters. Today there are two valid species of Archosargusthe aforementioned A. Public domain and Wikipedia: Predators Sharks and other large piscivorous fishes feed on the sheepshead.


Cathleen Bester and Robert H. Public domain Public domain false false. Walbaum in as Sparus probatocephalus. One of them is the monogenean Microcotyle archosargiprobatocephhalus is parasitic on its gills. However, its heavy scales and strong fin spines make it difficult to clean and fillet. Additionally, the vertical bands on probahocephalus sides of the black drum and Atlantic spadefish tend to fade with age much more so than the markings of the sheepshead.

This fish moves to offshore areas in later winter and early spring for spawning, which sometimes occurs over artificial reefs and navigation markers.

The IUCN is a global union of states, governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations in a partnership that assesses the conservation status of species. Sheepshead, convict fish, sheephead, sheepshead seabream, and southern sheeps head are common English language names.

Fishery management actions, including catch method restrictions, size limits, and bag limits, are credited with bringing about a decline in fishing mortality and a shift in age-specific vulnerability allowing for the increase in spawning probatocpehalus in Florida.

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Inhabits bays and estuaries. The Atlantic spadefish has a very short snout, a much rounder body shape and a larger soft dorsal and anal fin than the sheepshead. One study determined that those fishes found closer to shore averaged 11, eggs per spawning event while those offshore averaged arcchosargus, eggs per batch.

See this page for further explanation. An excellent food fish.