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Species: Nebris microps, Small-eye croaker

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elongate, rounded, tapering
head round, spongy; eye very small
mouth large, oblique, lower jaw projects

Nebris microps Cuvier in Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1830

Small-eye croaker

Body elongate, tapering to rear, rounded; head broad, rounded, top cavernous and very spongy to touch; eye small; margin of preopercle membranous and smooth; mouth opens at front large, oblique, lower jaw projecting; teeth small, conical, in narrow bands on jaws; chin with 4 minute pores, no barbels; snout with 2 pores at edge; gill rakers 20-24, long and slender, longer than filaments; top corner of gill opening notched; dorsal with large notch between spiny and soft parts, VIII + I, 31-33; anal rays II (weak), 9-10; tail with asymmetric angular point; scales small, smooth, covering dorsal and anal fins with a well developed scaly sheath; the lateral line extends to the center of the end of the tail fin.

Color silvery to orange, darker above; pectoral, pelvic and anal orange, lower edge of pectoral black; mouth yellow orange to white; inside gill cover yellow; with 5-6 dark saddles on back.

Size: attains 50 cm.

Inhabits sand and mud bottoms in coastal waters, enters estuaries.

Depth: 1-50 m.

Colombia to Guyana.

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  • Marine
  • Brackish
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Mud
  • Soft bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Estuary
  • Sand & gravel
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • 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
  • Continent
  • All species
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent only
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 50
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 50