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BLACK DRUM - POGONIAS CROMIS

Family Sciaenidae, DRUMS

High arched back; 10 to 14 pairs of chin barbels; gray or black colored body in adults; young have 4 to 6 vertical bars; has cobblestone - like teetch capable of crushing oysters; scales large.

Similar fish: Red drum, Sciaenops ocellatus; the vertical bars on juvenile black drum are somewhat similar to those on sheepshead, Archosargus probatocephalus; and spadefish, Chaetodipterusfaber.

Where found: INSHORE fish common to bays and lagoons; bottom dweller often found around oyster beds; also OFFSHORE.

Size: Common to 30 pounds.

Remarks: Largest member of the drum family; spawns nearshore i nwinter and early spring; feeds on oysters, mussels, oysters, crabs, shrimp, and occasionally fish; longevity to 35 or more years.

Florida record: 93 lbs.