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Species: Centropomus nigrescens, Black snook

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top head profile straight
wide between eyes
D1: 1st long spine ~ 2nd
LL black; Ds, C & A dark
A: spines short, 2nd = 3rd

Centropomus nigrescens Günther, 1864

Black snook

Body oblong elongate, compressed; upper head profile ~straight; mouth large and protractile, lower jaw protruding; margin of preopercle serrated; gill rakers 19-23 (usually 20-22); wide between the eyes (71-74% of snout length); dorsal rays VIII +I, 10 (rarely 9 or 11), first long spine shorter than following spine; anal rays III, 6, second and third anal spines relatively short for the genus, about equal in length, not exceeding longest anal soft ray; pelvics insert a little behind pectoral base, with I strong spine and 5 rays; pectoral rays 14-16 (usually 15); lateral-line scales 68-75 (usually 71-74); scales around tail base 25-30 (usually 27-29).

Generally silver with black lateral line; dorsal, tail and anal fins dark.

Size: attains 117 cm; IGFA record 26.2 kg.

Inhabits bays, estuaries, and lower parts of freshwater streams.

Depth: 0-25 m.

Southern Baja and the lower Gulf of California to northern Perú.

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  • Freshwater
  • Marine
  • Brackish
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Estuary
  • Soft bottom only
  • Freshwater
  • Beach
  • Mud
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Sand & gravel
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • 3 provinces (Cortez + Mexican + Panamic) endemic
  • Continent only
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 117
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 25