Spotted Drum GALLERYEquetus punctatus
A juvenile Spotted Drum could be mistaken for a juvenile Highhat, but once they've matured, the similarity ends. The Spotted Drum's poke-a-dot dorsal and tail fins could not be mistaken for any other fish. The Spotted Drum is always dressed for a night on the town in his black and white tuxedo. Rarely in very shallow water, but occasionally I've seen them in water that has a depth of only ten feet swimming around at a depth of six feet. This could have something to do with the habitat they gravitate to. They continually swim in a repetitious pattern in and out of their hiding places under overhangs and recesses. Rarely do they stop moving. They can grow to a bit over 10 inches in length.