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Centropristis striata (Sea bass; Black seabass; Black sea bass)

Synonyms: Centropristes melanus; Centropristes striatus; Centropristis melana; Labrus striatus
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Wikipedia Abstract

The black sea bass (Centropristis striata) is an exclusively marine grouper found more commonly in northern than in southern ranges. It inhabits the coasts from Maine to northeast Florida and the eastern Gulf of Mexico.The three large biomass populations of black sea bass are the mid-Atlantic stock, from Cape Cod in Massachusetts to Cape Hatteras in North Carolina, the South Atlantic stock, from Cape Hatteras to the southern tip of the Florida peninsula, and the Gulf of Mexico stock, from the southern tip of the Florida peninsula to Texas. They can be found in inshore waters (bays and sounds) and offshore in waters up to a depth of 130 m (430 ft). They spend most of their time close to the sea floor and often congregate around bottom formations such as rocks, man-made reefs, wrecks, jettie
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Adult Weight [1]  5.21 lbs (2.37 kg)
Maximum Longevity [3]  20 years
Migration [2]  Oceanodromous

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Cape Cod National Seashore II 21724 Massachusetts, United States
Everglades and Dry Tortugas Biosphere Reserve   Florida, United States  
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary IV 2387149 Florida, United States
Fort Pulaski National Monument V 4213 Georgia, United States
Gateway National Recreation Area V 1807 New Jersey, United States

Prey / Diet

Acanthilia intermedia (granulose purse crab)[4]
Alpheus heterochaelis (bigclaw snapping shrimp)[4]
Alpheus normanni (green snapping shrimp)[4]
Ambidexter symmetricus[4]
Ammodytes dubius (offshore sand lance)[5]
Anchoa hepsetus (Broad-striped anchovy)[5]
Anchoa mitchilli (Bay anchovy)[5]
Astrapogon alutus (Pensacola cardinalfish)[4]
Callinectes sapidus (blue crab)[4]
Cancer borealis (Jonah crab)[5]
Cancer irroratus (rock crab)[4]
Cancer plebejus (Atlantic rock crab)[6]
Crangon septemspinosa (sevenspine bay shrimp)[6]
Cyprinodon variegatus (sheepshead minnow)[5]
Dichelopandalus leptocerus (bristled longbeak)[4]
Diplogrammus pauciradiatus (Spotted dragonet)[4]
Dyspanopeus texanus (Gulf grassflat crab)[4]
Entomacrodus marmoratus (Seaweed blenny)[4]
Epialtus dilatatus (winged mime crab)[4]
Farfantepenaeus duorarum (pink shrimp)[4]
Haemulon plumierii (White snapper)[4]
Halichoeres bivittatus (Slippery dick)[4]
Hippolyte zostericola (zostera shrimp)[4]
Latreutes fucorum (slender sargassum shrimp)[4]
Libinia dubia (longnose spider crab)[4]
Meganyctiphanes norvegica (Norwegian krill)[5]
Neomysis americana (Mysid shrimp)[6]
Opsanus pardus (Leopard toadfish)[4]
Periclimenes longicaudatus (longtail grass shrimp)[4]
Pitho anisodon (oval urn crab)[4]
Podochela riisei[4]
Stenotomus chrysops (Scup)[5]
Thor dobkini (squat grass shrimp)[4]
Tozeuma carolinense (arrow shrimp)[4]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Alosa pseudoharengus (kyack)3
Amblyraja radiata (Starry ray)4
Anarhichas lupus (Wolffish)2
Bathytoshia centroura (clam cracker)2
Brosme brosme (Tusk)2
Carcharhinus obscurus (Whaler shark)2
Carcharhinus plumbeus (Thickskin shark)2
Cynoscion regalis (Weakfish)5
Dipturus laevis (Barndoor skate)2
Gadus morhua (rock cod)3
Hippoglossina oblonga (Fourspot flounder)3
Hippoglossus stenolepis (Pacific halibut)2
Hypanus say (Say's stingray)2
Leiostomus xanthurus (Spot croaker)3
Leucoraja erinacea (common skate)5
Leucoraja garmani (Freckled skate)2
Leucoraja ocellata (Winter skate)3
Limanda ferruginea (rusty flounder)2
Malacoraja senta (Smooth skate)5
Melanogrammus aeglefinus (Smokie)2
Menticirrhus americanus (Woundhead)2
Menticirrhus saxatilis (Northern kingfish)2
Merluccius bilinearis (Whiting)4
Morone americana (Wreckfish)2
Mustelus canis (Dogfish)3
Myoxocephalus aenaeus (Little sculpin)3
Myoxocephalus octodecemspinosus (Sea raven)3
Paralichthys dentatus (fluke)4
Pollachius virens (Sillock)2
Pomatomus saltatrix (Tailor run)3
Prionotus carolinus (Searobin)3
Prionotus evolans (Striped searobin)3
Pseudopleuronectes americanus (rough flounder)3
Raja eglanteria (Clearnose skate)2
Sciaenops ocellatus (Spotted bass)2
Scomber scombrus (Split)2
Scophthalmus aquosus (brill)4
Scyliorhinus retifer (Chain dogfish)2
Stenotomus chrysops (Scup)4
Urophycis chuss (Squirrel hake)5
Urophycis regia (Spotted hake)4


Cynoscion regalis (Weakfish)[4]
Epinephelus morio (Red grouper)[4]


Parasitized by 
Grillotia erinaceus[7]
Lecithaster confusus[4]
Lepidapedon rachion[7]
Microcotyle centropristis[7]
Neobenedenia melleni[7]
Pseudotobothrium dipsacum[7]
Rhadinorhynchus pristis[4]
Serrasentis sagittifer[7]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Aquarium & Rainforest at Moody Gardens
Florida Aquarium
Minnesota Zoological Garden
National Aquarium in Baltimore Inc
Virginia Aquarium&Marine Science Ctr


Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Northwest; Atlantic, Western Central; Canada; Gulf of Mexico; Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Southeast U.S. Continental Shelf; USA (contiguous states); Western Atlantic: Canada (Ref. 5951) to Maine to northeastern Florida in USA and eastern Gulf of Mexico; reaches extreme southern Florida during cold winters.;



Attributes / relations provided by
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2Riede, Klaus (2004) Global Register of Migratory Species - from Global to Regional Scales. Final Report of the R&D-Projekt 808 05 081. 330 pages + CD-ROM
3Frimpong, E.A., and P. L. Angermeier. 2009. FishTraits: a database of ecological and life-history traits of freshwater fishes of the United States. Fisheries 34:487-495.
4Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
5Food of Northwest Atlantic Fishes and Two Common Species of Squid, Ray E. Bowman, Charles E. Stillwell, William L. Michaels, and Marvin D. Grosslein, NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-NE-155 (2000)
6 Steimle FW, Pikanowski RA, McMillan DG, Zetlin CA, Wilk SJ. 2000. Demersal Fish and American Lobster Diets in the Lower Hudson - Raritan Estuary. US Dep Commer, NOAA Tech Memo NMFS NE 161; 106 p.
7Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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