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Species: Sciaena deliciosa, Delicious drum

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elongate, fusiform
head low, conical
upper opercle margin black
mouth opens on line with lower edge eye
jaw teeth - wide bands, outer teeth spread apart, little elongate

Sciaena deliciosa (Tschudi, 1846)

Delicious drum

Moderately elongate, fusiform (body height > 1/3 SL); eye small; head low, snout large, conical, projects beyond slightly oblique mouth that opens at level of lower edge of eye, and ends under eye; teeth on jaws in broad bands, outer teeth on top jaw enlarged, spaced apart, slightly enlarged teeth mixed with small ones on lower jaw; chin without barbels; preoperculum smooth; 19-23 short gill rakers; dorsal fin IX-X +I, 21-24, deeply notched between 2 parts, 4th  spine is the largest, soft dorsal with slightly convex border; anal fin with short base, concave rear border, 2nd  spine moderate length (~ ½ length of 1st  ray), 9-10 rays; pectoral reaches past pelvic tips; tail edge slightly concave, pointed tips; scales rough, relatively large, 57-62 on lateral line, 5-6 rows between lateral line and dorsal origin.

Blue grey above, darkest on top of head and nape, shading to silvery on belly and throat; may have dark streaks along scale rows; dorsal, tail, anal fins dark grey; pectoral fins and base dark grey, axil black; pelvics whitish; upper rear margin of operculum blackish.

Size: 49 cm.

Habitat: soft bottoms.

Depth: 5-50 m?

Northern Peru to Chile.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Mud
  • Soft bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
  • TEP non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • All species
  • Peruvian province, primarily
  • Temperate Eastern Pacific, primarily
  • Vagrant
Climate Zone
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 49
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 50