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Stenotomus chrysops
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Sparidae
Genus: Stenotomus
Species: S. chrysops
Binomial name
Stenotomus chrysops
(Linnaeus, 1766)
Flash-fried whole scup

The scup, Stenotomus chrysops, is a fish which occurs primarily in the Atlantic from Massachusetts to South Carolina.[1] Along with many other fish of the family Sparidae, it is also commonly known as porgy.[2]

Scup grow as large as 18 in (450 mm) and weigh 3 to 4 lb (2 kg), but they average 0.5–1.0 lb (0.25–0.50 kg).

In the Middle Atlantic Bight, scup spawn along the inner continental shelf. Their larvae end up in inshore waters, along the coast and in estuarine areas. At two to three years of age, they mature. Scup winter along the mid and outer continental shelf. When the temperature warms in the spring, they migrate inshore.[3]

They are fished for by commercial and recreational fishermen. They are a fine fish to eat because of their light flavor and are sometimes called panfish. Popular methods of cooking include but are not limited to frying, broiling, and baking.


Scup are heavily fished commercially and recreationally. Management measures for the species generally include size limits, bag limits, fishing seasons, and equipment requirements. Scup are also managed through quotas that are separately regulated during the different seasons.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Stenotomus chrysops". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 19 March 2006. 
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2006). "Stenotomus chrysops" in FishBase. January 2006 version.
  3. ^ Scup, Stenotomus chrysops, Life History and Habitat Characteristics
  4. ^ Scup NOAA FishWatch. Retrieved 5 November 2012.