Known as speckled trout, the spotted seatrout is distinguished by small spots arranged in oblique rows along the upper sides and back, and by the presence of large canine teeth. The body is generally silvery and dark gray-green on the sides and back, shading to white below. The caudal fin of young individuals is shaped like a lance head, becoming straight-edged or slightly concave in adults. All fins are pale green to yellow-green, and the dorsal and tail fin are always spotted. The somewhat elongate snout has a prominent mouth sporting large canine teeth. Mouth is sometimes splashed with yellow on the edges and interior. Adult size 10 to 24 inches.