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Sheepshead, The Fish With Human Teeth That Can Live Up To 25 Years

Over the years there have been reports of some fishes which have teeth that have a very close resemblance to human teeth, but the public doesn't believe it, so below is little information about them.

The sheepshead or Archosargus probatocephalus is a marine fish that grows up to 76 cm (30 in), but commonly reaches 30 to 50 cm (10 to 20 in). They have a thin and compressed body shape with a sharp dorsal fin. Their body has five or six dark bars on the side of the body over a gray background.

Where are they found?

They are found in the western Atlantic from Nova Scotia to Brazil, along the coastal waters but are mostly seen in southwest Florida. 

Although it was named after some places in New York, they are rarely found there, but are coming back in small numbers.

What are their teeth used for?

It's hard mouth with the frontal ones is used for crushing open shellfish.

Importance to humans?

Sheepshead fish are a good delicacy because of their fine white flesh and mild, palatable taste, but it's challenging to clean and cook this fish. Although the meat yield from sheepshead fish is low, its taste is firm and flavorful.


Sheepshead can have a total lifespan of 20 to 25 years and reaches sexual maturity at 2 years.

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Archosargus Atlantic Brazil Florida. Nova Scotia


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