Grouper-shaped bottomfish with heavy scales, distinctive coloring
ranging from black to charcoal to olive-black, sometimes with blue
tinges and spots that appear as stripes on the dorsal fin. Tail fin
in adults may be tri-lobbed. Some males have a green cast on the head,
sometimes a "hump" in front of the dorsal fin. Sea Bass
commonly change sex as they mature, starting life as females, then
changing to males as they grow larger.
Size: Small, rarely over 2 or 3 pounds.