Sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus)

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Sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus)

Also known as ...  convict fish

Description ..

Grayish in color this is a deep bodied fish.  The sides and back are prominently gray and the belly is only slightly lighter in color.   They have 5 or 6 black or very dark brown bars that run down the sides which fade out with age.  The pectoral fins are long and pointed.  Their teeth fill the mouth with formidable incisor and molar teeth, which almost look human in appearance.  This is one say to distinguish them from young black drum (puppy drum) a fish they are often mistaken . . .

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