Pigfish


Pigfish - Orthopristis chrysoptera

*Information from FAO Species Identification Guide Western Central Atlantic*

pigfish
Size
Maximum to 40 cm total length; commonly
to 30 cm.
Habitat, biology, and fisheries

Typically inhabits nearshore waters over soft bottom habitats. Often found in brackish water. Recorded occasionally from midshelf reef areas. Feeds on crustaceans and smaller fishes. Caught throughout its range with seines, trawls, and hook-and-line. Separate statistics are not reported for this species. Marketed mostly fresh.

Distribution
Atlantic coast of the USA from New York to Yucatán Peninsula, and Cuba; also in
Bermuda.