Leiostomus xanthrus



  • 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

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Other information

  • Virginia Regulations:  None
  • Commercial Uses:  The Chesapeake Bay spot commercial fishery averaged 3.5M pounds from 1998-2008.

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