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Species: Corvula sanctaeluciae, Striped Croaker

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pale + stripes
D 22-24
mouth opens at front
gill rakers 23-25
preoperculum thin, ~smooth
A 9; 2nd spine 28-31% head

Corvula sanctaeluciae Jordan, 1890

Striped Croaker

Body short, oblong, compressed; head short, cavernous but not spongy on top; eye moderate size (¼ of head length); mouth moderate in size, slightly oblique, opens at front; jaw teeth small, conical, in bands; chin without barbels, with 5 pores; gill rakers 23-25, long and slender; margin of peropercle thin, nearly smooth; top corner of gill opening notched; dorsal rays X-XI+I, 21-24; anal rays II, 9, second spine moderately strong, 28-31% head length, a bit less than 2/3 length of first soft ray; tail with round to straight edge; scales smooth on head, rough on body; basal 1/2 of dorsal and anal scaled; the lateral line extends to the center of the end of the tail fin.

Grey to blue-grey on back, silvery below; sides with faint stripes, oblique above lateral line and longitudinal below; fins pale, yellowish, a faint dark spot at pectoral origin.

Maximum size 26 cm.

Inhabits muddy and sandy bottoms inshore; juveniles also in rocky areas.

Depth: 1-35 m.

Florida to Guyana, also in Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Mud
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 26
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 35