Occurs in coastal waters, commonly entering bays and estuaries. Juveniles found in sandy beaches exposed to wave action (Ref. 5217). Absent from insular areas with coralline habitats (Ref. 5217). Generally forms small to large schools. Feeds on mollusks, crustaceans and other invertebrates and small fish. Excellent food fish (Ref. 9626). Highest priced marine food fish in the USA (Ref. 171). Has been reared in captivity (Ref. 35420).