- Distinguishing characteristics: Black spot behind upper end of gill opening and multiple dusky stripes on top side.
In the Wild
- Habitat: Typically found in salinities above 5 ppt. Often school over oyster beds.
- Diet: Crustacean, worms and mollusks.
- Predators: Many larger fish prey on spot.
- Size: They can grow up to 16 inches long.
- Breeding: Spawn at age 2-3 in the late fall to early spring.
- Life Span: How long do they live on average?
In the Aquatics Lab
- Quantity: 0
- Virginia Regulations: None
- Commercial Uses: The Chesapeake Bay spot commercial fishery averaged 3.5M pounds from 1998-2008.