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COBIA (LING) - RACHYCENTRON CANADUM

Family Rachycentridae, COBIA

Long, slim fish with broad depressed head; lower jaw projects past upper jaw; dark lateral stripe extends through eye to tail; fffst dorsal fin comprised of 7 to 9 free spines; when young, has conspicuous alternating black and white horizontal stripes.

Similar fish: Remora, Eceneis naucrates.

Where found: Both INSHORE and NEARSHORE inhabitating inlets, bays, and among mangroves; frequently seen around buoys, pilings, and wrecks.

Size: Common to 30 pounds.

Remarks: Spawns in spring and early summer; feeds on crabs, squid, and small fish.

Florida record: 130 lbs., 1 oz. .