Cynoscion nothus

Common Name

Silver Seatrout

Year Described

Holbrook, 1848


Dorsal Fin: X; 1, 26-31
Anal Fin: II, 8-11
Pectoral Fin:
Gill Rakers: 11-15 (first arch)


Body uniformly silvery, rarely with faint spotting following scale rows. Dorsal and caudal fins dusky. Anal, pelvic, and pectoral fins yellowish.


Maximum size to 40cm TL.


Coastal waters (1-110m) and estuaries over soft bottoms.


Virginia to the Bay of Campeche, Mexico (continental coasts only).


Chao, N.L. 2002. Sciaenidae (pp. 1583-1653). In: Carpenter. 2002. The living marine resources of the Western Central Atlantic. Vol. 3: Bony fishes part 2 (Opistognathidae to Molidae). FAO Species Identification Guides for Fisheries Purposes. American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Special Publication No. 5. FAO of the U.N., Rome.