white sea bass


The white sea bass of Californian waters is no relative of the sea bass of the eastern Atlantic but is a croaker or drum fish. The body of the white sea bass is elongate, and somewhat compressed. The head is pointed and slightly compressed. The mouth is large, with a row of small teeth in the roof, while the lower jaw is slightly projected. The color is bluish to gray above, with dark speckling, becoming silver below. The white sea bass is closely related to the California corbina, but is the only California member of the croaker family to exceed 20 pounds in weight. White seabass are the largest members of the croaker family on the U. S. Pacific coast, reaching a maximum recorded length of 1.5 m and 41 kg and twenty years in age.

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