- Although the flesh of the almaco jack is considered quality table fare, the species has been associated with ciguatera poisoning, a seldom fatal stomach irritation.
- The almaco jack is susceptible to tapeworm parasites in the caudal peduncle area, but the meat can be eaten safely if affected portions are cut away.
A member of the Croaker family, the spot is distinguished from other croakers, especially its cousin the Atlantic croaker, by its wide, forked tail and a dark blotch behind its gill. The dorsal fin runs the length of the spots back, which is golden in color, fading to silver on the sides and belly.
Spot feed along the bottom on small worms, fish, crustaceans, and detritus.
Common throughout the Atlantic Ocean, spot can be found along the US and Mexican east coasts. Spot are more rare in the Gulf of Mexico and south of Palm Beach County, Florida.
Primarily found at shallow depths, spot are common in estuaries, bays, inlets and other inshore areas.