Cynoscion arenarius

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Cynoscion arenarius
Cynoscion arenarius.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Sciaenidae
Genus: Cynoscion
Species:
C. arenarius
Binomial name
Cynoscion arenarius
(Ginsburg, 1930)

Cynoscion arenarius (sand seatrout, sand weakfish or, as it is also known, white trout) is a common species of drum fish found in the Gulf of Mexico and western Atlantic Ocean. While not especially popular or targeted, it is still known as a sport fish and is often caught by anglers of these waters. Research in biochemistry suggests that the sand seatrout may actually be a subspecies of the weakfish that lacks spots.[1] Often confused with the silver seatrout, the sand seatrout is larger and more often found inshore than its similar-appearing offshore cousin. It also has a slight yellow hue, whereas the silver seatrout is more silver overall. It averages at one pound and is reportedly a good fish for eating.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hoese, H. Dickson, and Richard H. Moore. Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico: Texas, Louisiana, and Adjacent Waters. 2nd Edition. Texas A&M University Press, 1998.
  2. ^ Dunaway, Vic. Sport Fish of Florida. 1st Edition. Florida Sportsman, 2007.