Spotted seatrout range along the U.S. coast from Massachusetts south through Florida and into the Gulf of Mexico to Texas and Mexico. The center of abundance is the northern Gulf of Mexico and Florida (Pearson 1929). Cynoscion nebulosus occurs throughout the India River Lagoon, but tends to be more abundant in its northern reaches, in the vicinity of Cape Canaveral.Using molecular techniques, FWRI scientists have developed nuclear DNA evidence for 3 distinct groups of spotted seatrout in Florida waters (Seyoum and Bert, unpubl, FWRI). One group occurs from the Florida-Georgia border south to Biscayne Bay. The second group occurs from Biscayne Bay south through Florida Bay and northward to Steinhatchee on the Gulf coast. The third group occurs from Apalachicola westward into the Gulf of Mexico.
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