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The Cobia is a fish species from the Rachycentridae family. Their scientific name is Rachycentron canadum. They are currently the only member of the family. It has been found that they have some genetic similarity with remora, mahi-mahi, jack, and more.

Cobia has many distinguishable characteristics. It has dark brown/black colored scales, with thick stripes of lighter shade on both sides of their back and under the belly. It has an elongated shape with its head wide and flat. It can reach up to a height of 6.5 feet and can weigh up to 150 lbs.
But its average size can be about 3.6 feet long.

This species is generally found in the coastal regions, but its preferable habitat includes coral reefs, near buoys, and around rocky outcrops. It is also found in mangroves and estuaries.

The range of its habitat extends from portions of the Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, and the Pacific Ocean. It generally lives along the coastline of North, Central, and South America in the Atlantic. This species is also found throughout the Indo-Pacific region.

This species is carnivorous and fed on other sea creatures. It generally hunts crabs, fish, squid, and other crustaceans. It also has scavenged on the scraps left by large animals’ prey.

These fish spend most of their time in search of food or follow larger predators to feed on their leftovers. Some of them prefer to swim alone while some form small groups. They migrate seasonally.
These fish reproduce through spawning. In their breeding season, the females release their eggs, and the males fertilize the eggs outside of the body. More eggs are released by larger females. After successful fertilization, the eggs or the young larvae float in the water column with the rest of the plankton. About two years' time is needed for these young larvae to grow into adults to breed their young ones successfully.

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ANIMA is a unique marine life image bank based in Fremantle, Western Australia. Specializing in accurate, realistic illustrations of fishes, crustaceans, and a wide range of aquatic creatures as well as underwater drawings, paintings of coral reefs, and Australian fish identification guides.

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