Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Moronidae
Genus: Morone
Species: Morone saxatilis (Walbaum, 1792) - striped bass

Intro:
This popular game fish extends its coastal territory from the St. Lawrence River in N. Canada to the Atlantic Ocean, down across Florida and into the northern Gulf of Mexico. This fish is anadromous (travels upstream into freshwater to spawn), capable of swimming to and fro between saltwater, brackish water, and freshwater. The fish has been introduced in many inner states within the U.S. and also without other countries.

Tips for Identifying: First the BAM then the FAD.

Body:
Compressed and deep-bodied.
Grows up to 2 m (~ 6.56 ft) (Page, 2011)
Weighs up to 57 kg (~126 lb) (Eschmeyer, 1983)

Appearance:
Adults have 6-9 horizontal gray/black bars extending from the end of the operculum (gill plate) to the posterior end of the fish; usually 2 or 3 stripes extend near caudal fin (tailfin). 

Mouth:
Large jaw, slightly upturned.

Fins:
2 dorsal fins, thoracic pelvic fins, slightly indented caudal fin.

Area (Habitat):
Native to coastal waters but anadromous, swimming upriver into freshwater systems. Also introduced into many non-native habitats for fishing purposes.

Demeanor:
Often found schooling with same species.

 

Main reference for this page: (Page, 2011)

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