Archosargus probatocephalus


Archosargus probatocephalus
Least Concern
Archosargus probatocephalus

Characteristics and Behavior: 

The Sheepshead Fish has a flat, compressed body and a large, protruding forehead. Its mouth is full of strong, flattened teeth that are ideal for crushing hard-shelled prey. Its body coloration is silver with five to six distinctive black vertical bars on its sides, and it has a black spot on the upper corner of its tail fin. The Sheepshead Fish is a carnivorous species that feeds on a variety of prey, including crustaceans, mollusks, and small fish. Sheepshead Fish are typically found in small groups and are known to be shy and difficult to catch.



Fun Facts:

  1. The Sheepshead Fish gets its name from its distinctive teeth, which resemble those of a sheep.
  2. Due to their feeding behavior and preference for hard substrate, Sheepshead Fish are a popular target for recreational anglers in the southeastern United States.
  3. Sheepshead Fish are sometimes called "convict fish" due to their black and white striped appearance, which resembles a convict's prison uniform.

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