Cobia (ling) (Rachycentron canadum)
Family Rachycentridae, Cobia
Description: long, slim fish with broad depressed
head; lower jaw projects past upper jaw; dark lateral stripe extends through eye to tail;
first dorsal fin comprised of 7 to 9 free spines; when young, has conspicuous alternating
black and white horizontal stripes.
Similar fish: remora, Echeneis naucrates.
Where found: both INSHORE and NEARSHORE inhabiting
inlets, bays, and among mangroves; frequently seen around buoys, pilings, and wrecks.
Size: common to 30 pounds.
Remarks: spawns in spring and early summer; feeds
on crabs, squid, and small fish.
Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Marine Resources, Office of
Fisheries Management and Assistance Services
02/06/06 11:20 AM