sheepshead

Scientific name Archosargus probatocephalus
Descriptor Walbaum
Year of description 1792
IUCN category LC
Family Sparidae
Genus Archosargus
Archosargus probatocephalus Archosargus probatocephalus

Introduction

Archosargus probatocephalus, commonly known as sheepshead, is a brackish water and salt water fish.

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Who is it?

Morphology

  • Type
  • Average size
    35 cm
  • Maximum size
    70 cm
  • Pattern
    vertical stripes
  • Type
  • Average size
    35 cm
  • Maximum size
    70 cm
  • Pattern
    vertical stripes

How to recognize the sheepshead ?

The sheepshead measures between 35 and 70 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly argent body. The also has noir vertical stripes.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    omnivorous
  • Sociability
    living in a group or alone
  • territorial
    No
  • Way of living
    diurnal

The sheepshead is a fish living in a group or alone naturally found at mid-depth and near the bottom. This species is omnivorous .

n general, this species does not care much about other animals crossing its path.

Reproduction

  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre

The sheepshead is a fish ovipare qui pond en eau libre.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    10 - 35 °C
  • Depth
    5 - 50 m
  • Flow
    Medium

Biotope presentation

The sheepshead is most often found at a depth between 5m and 50m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Bibliographic references

SPARIDAE - K.E. Carpenter - FAO Fisheries Synopsis - 0.

AGE AND GROWTH OF SHEEPSHEAD, ARCHOSARGUS PROBATOCEPHALUS (PISCES: SPARIDAE), FROM THE NORTHWEST COAST OF FLORIDA - Jynessa Dutka-Gianelli - Debra J. Murie - BULLETIN OF MARINE SCIENCE, - 2001.

Juvenile and adult food habits of Archosargus probatocephalus (Teleostei: Sparidae) in a tropical estuary of Veracruz - Manuel Castillo-Rivera - Rocío Zárate-Hernández - Isaías H. Salgado-Ugarte - Hidrobiológica - 2007.

POPULATION DYNAMICS OF SHEEPSHEAD (ARCHOSARGUS PROBATOCEPHALUS) WALBAUM 1792) IN THE CHESAPEAKE BAY REGION: A COMPARISON TO OTHER AREAS AND AN ASSESSMENT OF THEIR CURRENT STATUS - Joseph Charles Ballenger - ProQuest - 2011.

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