• Seatrout, Silver

Latin name

Cynoscion nothus

Other names

Silver trout, silver weakfish.


The coloration is pale straw or hazel on the back and silvery-white underneath, without clearly defined spots; faint diagonal lines may be present on the upper part of the body. The anal fin has 8-9 rays, which distinguishes it from the sandy seatrout, which has 10 rays. The herring seatrout has large eyes, a short snout, no chin arc, and one or two prominent fangs usually at the tip of the upper jaw. The lower half of the tail is longer than the upper half.


Silver seatrout are found mostly throughout the Gulf of Mexico, and in the Atlantic from southern Florida to Maryland.


As a predominantly saltwater fish, the silver seatrout usually lives on sandy and sandy-silty bottoms. During the winter months, it migrates to bays.


A silver seatrout rarely weighs more than half a pound, and is usually less than 10 inches long.

Life history and Behavior

There is a long spawning period in the sea during the spring, summer, and fall.

Food and feeding habits

The main food sources are shrimp, small crustaceans, and small fish.


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Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Squad Acanthuriformes
Family Sciaenidae
Genus Cynoscion
Species C. nothus
Conservation status Least Concern
Habitat Pelagic
Life span, years 2
Maximum body weight, kg No information
Maximum length, cm 61
Sailing speed, m/s No information
Threat to people Edible
Way of eating Predator

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Seatrout, Silver

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