back and upper sides olive to bluish with yellow spots; lower sides and belly with alternating
narrow, longitudinal pink and yellow stripes; prominent midlateral yellow stripe begins at mouth
and runs to tail, broadening as it passes the dorsal fins; caudal fin yellow and deeply forked; no
dark lateral spot.
juveniles INSHORE on grassbeds and back reefs; adults NEARSHORE or OFFSHORE over sandy
areas near reefs.
found mainly in tropical waters; spawns in midsummer; rarely exceeds 30 inches and 5 pounds in
size; feeds on small fish and invertebrates.
8 lb 9 oz, caught near Ft. Myers
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