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(pôr`gē), common name for members of the Sparidae, a family of small-mouthed fishes with strong teeth adapted for crushing their food of shellfish and crustaceans. Porgies are found in warm and tropical coastal areas and are especially abundant in the Mediterranean and Red seas and in the West Indies. Best known of the North American species is the migratory porgy Stenotomus chrysops, found from the Carolinas to Cape Cod and called scup in New England, porgy in New York, and fair maid in the South. It is an excellent food fish. Common S of Chesapeake Bay is the sheepshead. The jolthead porgy, named for its habit of butting shellfish loose from rocks and pilings, is the largest (up to 10 lb/4.5 kg) of the family. In Europe the name porgy generally refers to the red porgy or seabream, Pagrus pagrus, a red fish with blue spots common in Mediterranean and Atlantic waters. Porgies are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Actinopterygii, order Perciformes, family Sparidae.

Porgy

of Bess’s promiscuity with Crown. [Am. Opera: Gershwin, Porgy and Bess, Westerman, 555]

Porgy

crippled Negro beggar of Catfish Row. [Am. Lit.: Porgy, Magill I, 764–766]

Porgy

murders Crown, who tried to take Bess. [Am. Opera: Gershwin, Porgy and Bess, Westerman, 556]
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In Florida commercial landings data, red porgy are not distinguished from other porgies. However, assuming that red porgies made up 50% of all porgies landed (Goodyear and Thompson(1)), the combined west coast 1995 and 1996 Florida landings of this species were estimated at 0.5 million pounds and had an estimated dockside value of $487,000 (Marine Fisheries Information System(2)).
Spawning occurs in the winter and spring in the GOM, as has been reported for the SAB, Canary Islands, and Mediterranean Sea (Manooch, 1976; Nelson, 1988; Vassilopoulou and Papaconstantinou, 1992; Pajuelo and Lorenzo, 1996), although Ciechomski and Weiss (1973) reported, on the basis of larval collections, that red porgies may spawn in the Argentine Sea during the summer (December and January).
Red groupers are the most plentiful groupers in these channels, but there are always a few nice gag and small black groupers and plenty of porgies, many being over two pounds.
Every year my clients catch red and gag groupers to 10 pounds, mutton snappers to five pounds, yellowtail and mangrove snappers to 16 inches and porgies over five pounds so a fresh fish dinner could be one bite away.