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In the western Atlantic Ocean, common snook occur from [approximately equal to]34[degrees]N to [approximately equal to]25[degrees]S latitude (North Carolina to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), with common snook frequently captured in waters off Galveston and the southern tip of Texas (Robins & Ray 1986; Rivas 1986).
The common snook is valued recreationally in Texas and commercially in Mexico.
Total length (mm) was measured on common snook collected coastwide between 1975 and 2004 by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department personnel during routine gill-net sampling.
To minimize seasonal biases in catches (Pope & Willis 1996) and ensure that age 0+ common snook had recruited to these gears, this study restricted assessment to winter (December through January) catch data.
Species that migrated out of the NTZ were red drum (n=40, mean TL=643 mm, SD=135 mm), common snook (n=9, mean TL=570 mm, SD=97 mm), black drum (n=8, mean TL=845 mm, SD=88 mm), sheepshead (n=6, mean TL=398 mm, SD=38 mm), bull shark (n=l, TL=789 mm), and crevalle jack (n=1, TL=628 mm).
Recaptured common snook from inlet habitats (n=13, mean TL=598 mm, SD=111 mm) were distributed throughout much of the year but peaked in late fall.
Common snook, spotted seatrout, and sheepshead were also recaptured by FMRI scientists in these comparisons, but none of these recaptured fish represented evidence of migrations across the NTZ boundary from their original tagging location.
Common snook, Centropomus undecimalis, (Perciformes: Centropomidae) are valuable euryhaline fishes that inhabit tropical and subtropical estuarine systems of the western Atlantic.
Anglers target common snook because of their fighting ability and culinary value (Tucker et al.
Our study examined age, growth, maturation, and sex reversal of common snook which previously had not been diagnosed as being protandrous hermaphrodites.
This indicates that at least on the Florida east coast we have an assortment of common snook populations that include several genetic groups that have different thermal tolerance.
Believe it or not, juvenile common snook, Centropomus undecimalis, have also adapted to taking oxygen-laden water at the surface in anoxic mangrove swamps.
It's likely no other Florida fish has as dedicated a following as the common snook.
The northern limit of common snook swings back and forth over the years based on water temps.
Another fish that evolved in nutrient-rich tropical backwaters is the common snook.