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Sheepshead Seabream
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Archosargus probatocephalus
Information
Range Atlantic Ocean
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Sparidae
Genus Archosargus
Species • A. probatocephalus

This is about the fish, if you were looking for the place go to Sheepshead Bay.

The Sheepshead Sea Bream (Archosargus probatocephalus) lives in reefs, brackish waters, and canals of the Atlantic Ocean. It is very common and has stripes and is a medium-sized fish. It eats Oysters, Clams, and other bivalves. It is a commonly fished animal, living mostly in the Southern Atlantic. Sheepshead are often confused with Sheepshead Porgy, whose juveniles have similar stripes. They can be much fainter though, and often told by several lines on their body and one going just under the eye. Also, the freshwater species Freshwater Drum is referred to as a Sheepshead around Lake Michigan, and the Sheepshead minnow is a small brackish fish.

HabitatEdit

The Sheepshead is the 10th most common fish in Florida according to Reef.org, and is found in almost every habitat in florida. It is found in certain areas in the Everglades with higher salinity tolerance than most fish species. It is most commonly found near sea walls and around rocky areas such as jetties and pilings.

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