Figure 5. Hermaphrodite, black sea bass (Centropristis striata). Black sea bass spawn in social groups among reef habitat from southern New England to Florida and throughout the Gulf of Mexico. In spring, the migratory component of the adult stock migrates from southern or offshore overwintering to spawn as far north as southern New England. Females mature in their second year and spawn batches of eggs from late spring to early autumn. After many years, females change sex to become male.

Reference: Drohan et al. (2007)

Fish begin life as an immature female, and follow the usual cycle of developing, ripe, running ripe, spent, and resting. After the spent phase, females may transistion into an immature male, and the stages repeats for the male phase.


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