(Cuvier, 1830); SCIAENIDAE FAMILY; also called spotted weakfish, spotted squeteague, speckled trout, gator trout, winter trout, salmon trout, black trout
Occurs in the western Atlantic Ocean from New York to the Gulf of Mexico, from Virginia southward, particularly off the coasts of North Carolina and Texas. An in shore, schooling species, it usually inhabits the shallow areas of bays and estuaries. They range as far north as Long Island in late spring.
Two large, recurvate canine teeth in the front of the upper jaw stand out noticeably. There are round black spots on the back and upper flan...