Atlantic slope of Central and South America
Coastal canal system of southeast Florida with a northern range of West Palm Beach.
A member of the Cichlid Family with broken lateral line and black-and-white patterning making this species distinct. Toothed and protrusible mouth, numerous purple to black spots or blotches on body and fins, with a series of black squares along their sides. Similar in shape to a black crappy though the broken lateral instantly sets it apart.
Feeds primarily on small fish, aquatic insects, worms, and snails. Know to take beetle- spins and speck targeted artificials.
Spawning occurs March through July with a secondary spawn in October and November. Females lay eggs on hard, flat surfaces.
IGFA all-tackle record caught in Florida weighed 3.5-lbs and was 21.5 inches long.
There presently are no bag or size limits on this fish.
Courtesy of FWC