Accession Number:

ADA162650

Title:

Species Profiles. Life Histories and Environmental Requirements of Coastal Fishes and Invertebrates (Gulf of Mexico). RED DRUM.

Descriptive Note:

Biological rept.,

Corporate Author:

MISSISSIPPI COOPERATIVE FISH AND WILDLIFE RESEARCH UNIT MISSISSIPPI STATE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1985-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

27.0

Abstract:

Species profiles are literature summaries of the taxonomy, morphology, distribution, life history, and environmental requirements of coastal aquatic species. These are prepared to assist in environmental impact assessment. The red drum Sciaenops ocellatus is an estuarine dependent species. It spends its entire life in estuaries or nearshore coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Red drum spawn from mid-August to nearshore coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Red drum spawn from mid-August to Novermber peak spawning is from mid-September through October. Larvae and juveniles remain in estuaries and adults live along the coast and in passes. Commercial landings remain in estuaries and adults live along the coast and in passes. Commercial landings remain in estuaries and adults live along the coast and in passes. Commercial landings remain in estuaries and adults live along the coast and in passes. Commercial landings in Louisiana 1971-81 ranged from 723,700 to 2,212,500 lb. Texas closed commercial fishing in 1979. In most Gulf States, the sport catch usually exceeds commercial landings. There are few data on population dynamics of the species. Larval and juvenile red drum eat primarily invertebrates adults feed on fish, shrimp, and crabs. Red drum tolerate a wide range of temperatures 2 to 37.5 C and salinities 0.14 to 50 ppt. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Biology
  • Biological Oceanography

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE