Sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus)

sheepshead

The sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus) is often found near oyster reefs and other hard submerged structures.

The sheepshead is common in South Carolina estuaries (where rivers meet the sea) during spring and summer. This fish is often found near oyster reefs and the pilings of piers, docks, and bridges. The sheepshead feeds on barnacles, oysters, mussels, small crabs, and shrimp and is eaten by various larger fish. The sheapshead is harvested recreationally in South Carolina.