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Stenotomus chrysops (Scup; Porgy)

Synonyms: Sparus chrysops
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Wikipedia Abstract

The scup, Stenotomus chrysops, is a fish which occurs primarily in the Atlantic from Massachusetts to South Carolina. Along with many other fish of the family Sparidae, it is also commonly known as porgy. Scup grow as large as 18 in (450 mm) and weigh 3 to 4 lb (2 kg), but they average 0.5–1.0 lb (0.25–0.50 kg). Many consumers like their light flavor and they are sometimes called panfish. Popular methods of cooking include but are not limited to frying, broiling, and baking.
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Adult Weight [1]  2.50 lbs (1.13 kg)
Maximum Longevity [3]  19 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
Gateway National Recreation Area V 1807 New Jersey, United States

Prey / Diet

Ammodytes dubius (offshore sand lance)[4]
Ampelisca abdita[5]
Ampharete oculata[5]
Cancer plebejus (Atlantic rock crab)[4]
Ceriantheopsis americana (American tube-dwelling anemone)[5]
Crangon septemspinosa (sevenspine bay shrimp)[5]
Gammarus annulatus[4]
Gammarus lawrencianus[5]
Goniada gigantea[4]
Leptocheirus pinguis[5]
Mulinia lateralis (dwarf surfclam)[5]
Neomysis americana (Mysid shrimp)[5]
Peprilus triacanthus (Sheephead)[4]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Alosa mediocris (Hickory shad)1
Alosa pseudoharengus (kyack)2
Amblyraja radiata (Starry ray)4
Ammodytes dubius (offshore sand lance)2
Anarhichas lupus (Wolffish)1
Anchoa hepsetus (Broad-striped anchovy)1
Aythya americana (Redhead)1
Bathytoshia centroura (clam cracker)1
Brevoortia aurea (Brazilian menhaden)1
Brevoortia tyrannus (Shad)1
Brosme brosme (Tusk)1
Carcharhinus obscurus (Whaler shark)1
Carcharhinus signatus (Shark)1
Carcharias taurus (Spotted sand tiger shark)1
Caretta caretta (Loggerhead)3
Centropristis striata (Sea bass)4
Citharichthys arctifrons (Gulf Stream flounder)2
Clangula hyemalis (Oldsquaw)1
Coelorinchus caelorhincus (Saddled grenadier)1
Cynoscion regalis (Weakfish)5
Cynoscion striatus (Striped weakfish)1
Dasycottus setiger (Spinyhead sculpin)1
Dipturus laevis (Barndoor skate)1
Fundulus heteroclitus (mummichog)1
Gadus morhua (rock cod)2
Glyptocephalus cynoglossus (Witch flounder)2
Haemulon aurolineatum (Seize)1
Halichoerus grypus (Gray Seal)1
Hippoglossina oblonga (Fourspot flounder)3
Hippoglossoides platessoides (American dab)1
Hippoglossus stenolepis (Pacific halibut)1
Hypanus say (Say's stingray)1
Lamna nasus (Porbeagle shark)1
Larimus fasciatus (Banded drum)1
Leiostomus xanthurus (Spot croaker)4
Lepidochelys kempii (Atlantic Ridley, Kemp’s Ridley Seaturtle)1
Lepophidium profundorum (Fawn cusk-eel)2
Leucoraja erinacea (common skate)7
Leucoraja garmani (Freckled skate)2
Leucoraja ocellata (Winter skate)3
Limanda ferruginea (rusty flounder)4
Lophius americanus (Monkfish)1
Macrourus berglax (smoothspined grenadier)1
Malacoraja senta (Smooth skate)3
Melanogrammus aeglefinus (Smokie)2
Menticirrhus americanus (Woundhead)1
Menticirrhus saxatilis (Northern kingfish)3
Merluccius bilinearis (Whiting)5
Micropogonias furnieri (Whitemouth drummer)1
Morone americana (Wreckfish)2
Morone saxatilis (Striper bass)1
Mustelus canis (Dogfish)2
Mycteroperca microlepis (Velvet rockfish)1
Myliobatis freminvillei (Blue-nosed ray)1
Myoxocephalus aenaeus (Little sculpin)3
Myoxocephalus octodecemspinosus (Sea raven)3
Ophichthus cruentifer (Snake eel)2
Ophidion marginatum (Striped cusk-eel)1
Paralichthys dentatus (fluke)3
Paralichthys orbignyanus1
Peristedion miniatum (Armored searobin)1
Pollachius virens (Sillock)1
Pomatomus saltatrix (Tailor run)3
Prionace glauca (Tribon blou)1
Prionotus carolinus (Searobin)4
Prionotus evolans (Striped searobin)3
Pseudopleuronectes americanus (rough flounder)8
Raja eglanteria (Clearnose skate)3
Reinhardtius hippoglossoides (Turbot)1
Scomber scombrus (Split)2
Scophthalmus aquosus (brill)6
Scyliorhinus retifer (Chain dogfish)1
Sphyrna zygaena (Smooth hammerhead shark)1
Squalus acanthias (Common spiny)1
Squatina dumeril (Atlantic angelshark)1
Syngnathus fuscus (Northern pipefish)2
Tautoga onitis (Tautog)1
Tautogolabrus adspersus (Sea perch)1
Triglops murrayi (Moustache sculpin)1
Urophycis chuss (Squirrel hake)6
Urophycis regia (Spotted hake)5
Xiphias gladius (Swordfish)1
Zoarces americanus (Ocean pout)1


Bathytoshia centroura (clam cracker)[4]
Carcharhinus obscurus (Whaler shark)[4]
Centropristis striata (Sea bass)[4]
Hypanus say (Say's stingray)[4]
Zenopsis conchifer (Silvery John dory)[4]


Parasitized by 
Callitetrarhynchus gracilis[6]
Callitetrarhynchus speciosus[6]
Grillotia erinaceus[6]
Lepocreadium areolatum[6]
Microcotyle stenotomi[6]
Opechona cablei[6]
Opechona pyriforme <Unverified Name>[6]
Serrasentis sagittifer[6]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Buttonwood Park Zoo
Liberty Science Center


Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Northwest; Atlantic, Western Central; Canada; Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Scotian Shelf; Southeast U.S. Continental Shelf; USA (contiguous states); Western Atlantic: Nova Scotia in Canada to Florida in USA; rare south of North Carolina, USA.;



Attributes / relations provided by
1de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
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.
4Food 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)
5 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.
6Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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