common snook

Scientific name Centropomus undecimalis
Descriptor Bloch
Year of description 1792
IUCN category LC
Family Centropomidae
Genus Centropomus
Centropomus undecimalis Centropomus undecimalis


Centropomus undecimalis, commonly known as common snook, is a brackish water and salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    80 cm
  • Maximum size
    140 cm
  • Longevity
    7 year
  • Shape
  • Average size
    80 cm
  • Maximum size
    140 cm
  • Longevity
    7 year
  • Shape

How to recognize the common snook ?

The common snook measures between 80 and 140 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly argent body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in a group or alone
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The common snook hunts in the stalk and is one of the predators of its biotope. Opportunistic, it does not hesitate to attack any smaller animal nearby.

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

Although the common snook is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction
    dont le mode de reproduction est encore inconnu
  • Migratory species

The common snook is a fish dont le mode de reproduction est encore inconnu. This species is amphidromous. It gives birth to larvae in fresh water which are immediately carried by the current of the rivers to the sea. These develop in salt water until a juvenile stage and then migrate from the sea to the interior of the land to continue their growth.

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
    25 - 31 °C
  • Depth
    0 - 22 m
  • Flow
    Medium and Slow

Biotope presentation

The common snook is most often found at a depth between 0m and 22m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

Species of the same biotope

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