Sheepshead

Classification

  • Class Actinopterygii
  • Order Percifomes
  • Family Sparidae
  • Genus Archosargus
  • Species A. probatocephalus

habitat & Range

Sheepsheads can be found in estuarine and marine inshore waters but migrate offshore to spawn.

Did you know?

  • Sheepshead have teeth that look eerily human. These help  them to eat their prey, mollusks and crustaceans.
  • These fish are able to move into areas with  different amounts of salt in them and are known as euryhaline, meaning “wide  of salt”.
  • The largest sheepshead ever caught was 21 pounds  and 4 ounces, and it was caught by Wayne Desselle of New Orleans, LA in 1982.
  • They are commonly found under and around piers where  they hunt for mollusks and crustaceans.  
North American River Otter

Form & Function

This fish is distinguished by black and white lateral stripes and reaches sizes of up to 3 feet in length. The sheepshead is a fractional spawner, meaning that females release eggs in intervals. This allows the female to carry more eggs at any given time.

Conservation & YOu

Least Concern (IUCN) This species was previously over-fished, but with new fishing regulations in place their populations are now stable. You can help maintain sheepshead populations by following your state’s fishing laws and regulations.
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