Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Sparidae
Genus: Stenotomus
Species: S. chrysops
Binomial name
Stenotomus chrysops
(Linnaeus, 1766)

The scup, Stenotomus chrysops, is a fish which occurs primarily in the Atlantic from Massachusetts to South Carolina. Along with many other fish of the family Sparidae, it is also commonly known as porgy.

Scup grow as large as 18 in (450 mm) and weigh 3 to 4 lb (2 kg), but they average 1/2 - 1 lb (0.5 kg).

In the Middle Atlantic Bight, scup spawn along the inner continental shelf. Their larvae end up in inshore waters, along the coast and in estuarine areas. At 2 to 3 years of age, they mature. Scup winter along the mid and outer continental shelf. When the temperature warms in the spring they migrate inshore.

They are fished for by commercial and recreational fishermen. They are a fine fish to eat because of their light flavor and are sometimes called panfish. Popular methods of cooking include but are not limited to frying, broiling and baking.



Scup is heavily fished commercially and recreationally. Management measures for the species generally include size limits, bag limits, fishing seasons, and equipment requirements. Scup are also managed through quotas that separately regulate the different seasons.

See also

  • Porgie fishing


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  • scup — scup; scup·paug; scup·per·nong; scup·pit; scup·per; …   English syllables

  • Scup — Scup, n. [D. schop.] A swing. [Local, U.S.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scup — Scup, n. [Contr. fr. American Indian mishc[ u]p, fr. mishe kuppi large, thick scaled.] (Zo[ o]l.) A marine sparoid food fish ({Stenotomus chrysops}, or {S. argyrops}), common on the Atlantic coast of the United States. It appears bright silvery… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scup — ☆ scup [skup ] n. pl. scup or scups [< earlier scuppaug < Narragansett mishcuppaûog, pl. of mishcùp] a brown and white porgy (Stenotomus chrysops) found along the N Atlantic coast of the U.S …   English World dictionary

  • scup — noun (plural scup; also scups) Etymology: short for scuppaug, modification of Narragansett mishcùppaûog Date: circa 1848 a porgy (Stenotomus chrysops) occurring along the Atlantic coast of the United States chiefly from North Carolina to Maine… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • scup — [[t]skʌp[/t]] n. pl. scups, (esp. collectively)scup. ich an edible porgy, Stenotomus chrysops, of N Atlantic coastal waters, having a compressed body and a high back • Etymology: 1840–50, amer.; short for earlier and dial. scuppaug <… …   From formal English to slang

  • scup — šiaurinis skapas statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Stenotomus chrysops angl. northern porgy; scup rus. скап; скап хризопс ryšiai: platesnis terminas – skapai …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • scup — /skup/, n. a sparid food fish, Stenotomus chrysops, found along the Atlantic coast of the U.S., having a compressed body and high back. [1840 50, Amer.; short for earlier and dial. scuppaug, skippaug, skapaug < Narragansett (E sp.) mishcuppaûog,… …   Universalium

  • scup — noun A fish, Stenotomus chrysops, the porgy …   Wiktionary

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