The California sheephead is a wrasse characterized by a white jaw and black body for males and a pink body for females. They are all born female, and then change into males later in their development. They generally grow to a length of 91 cm and are found between Monterey Bay and the Gulf of California.
Sheepshead is a marine fish that grows to 30 in, but commonly reaches 5 to 8 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, and sharp dorsal spines. It feeds on oysters, clams, and other bivalves, and barnacles, fiddler crabs, and other crustaceans. It has a hard mouth with several rows of stubby teeth to crush prey. They are found in the Mid-Atlantic to Texas.
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