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Species: Morone saxatilis, Striped Bass

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7-8 entire black stripes
lower jaw projects
tongue: 2 elongate parallel tooth patches
A: 2nd spine < fin base
LL 57-65

Morone saxatilis (Walbaum, 1792)

Striped Bass

Body oblong, slightly compressed, elongate; mouth large, lower jaw projecting, top jawbone wide at rear and mostly exposed when mouth is closed; jaws with bands of small conical teeth, no canines; bands of small simple teeth on sides and front of roof of mouth, and in 2 elongate, distinctly separate parallel central patches on base of tongue; membranes under gills join well forward; gill rakers 19-29; rear edge of opercle with 2 flat points; preopercle rounded, finely serrated; dorsal fin notched to its base between spiny and soft parts, VIII-IX+ I,10-14; tail fin forked, heavily scaled on its base; anal fin III, 9-12, its origin well behind origin of soft dorsal fin, second spine slightly thickened and shorter than length of anal fin base when depressed; head and body covered with small, rough scales; lateral line continuous, with 57-65 scales.

Silvery, with 7-8 entire black stripes on body.

Reaches 200 cm, 57 kg; current IGFA world record 35.7 kg; maximum age > 25 y.

Migrates between rivers, estuaries and inshore marine areas; soft and hard bottoms.

Depth range: 0-30 m.

Two separate populations – Canada to N Florida on the Atlantic coast, and the northern Gulf of Mexico.

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  • Brackish
  • Freshwater
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Rocks
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Beach
  • Estuary
  • Freshwater
  • Mud
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • No pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Extends North of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Temperate (>35N)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 200
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 30