Sheepshead Fish's Strange Human-like Teeth

This is an interesting set of choppers because they belong to a fish. Sheepshead fish or Archosargus probatocephalus won't get you much when you google it either.

The sheepshead is marine fish that grows to 30 in (760 mm), but commonly reaches 10 to 20 in. It is deep and compressed in body shape, with 5 to 6 dark bars on the side of the body over a gray background. It has sharp dorsal spines. Its diet consists of oysters, clams, and other bivalves, and barnacles, fiddler crabs, and other crustaceans. It has a hard mouth, with several rows of stubby teeth, which help crush the shells of prey.

Also known as the convict fish for its striped pattern. 

Apparently they taste really good and that would be because they eat shellfish like oysters, mussels and crab. So about those teeth...

[photo: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department]

[photo: Jerry Dilsaver]

Sheepshead range from Florida to Nova Scotia and can be found around areas oysters and mussels call home.



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