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 NEAR SHORE 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.