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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.

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