Species: Menticirrhus nasus, Highfin kingfish, Highfin king-croaker
Menticirrhus nasus (Günther, 1868)
Highfin kingfish, Highfin king-croaker
Body elongate, rounded in cross-section, belly flat; head long, low; snout ~ conical, projecting beyond horizontal mouth; eye not small; teeth villiform, no canines, outer row teeth of upper jaw scarcely enlarged if at all; slits and pores above mouth; a short thick barbel on chin with a pore at its point and several more at its base; gill rakers short, 4-9; preopercle weakly serrated; dorsal rays X + I, 21-23, spines II-IV very long; anal rays I, 8, spine weak; pectoral fins large, fanlike, reaching beyond tips of depressed pelvic fins; tail margin S-shaped with pointed upper lobe; scales of head and body rough, except smooth on breast, breast scales about same size as body scales; soft dorsal and anal fins without low, basal scaly sheath; pored lateral-line scales 49-56.
Greyish, lighter below; faint dark streaks following scale rows on back, often with numerous dark spots on sides; tip of spinous dorsal fin and outer half of pectorals blackish; remaining fins dusky.
Size: to 50 cm.
Inhabits coastal waters, including bays and the lower reaches of estuaries.
Depth: 1-20 m?
Southern Baja and the Gulf of California to northern Peru.
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- Water Column Position
- Bottom only
- Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
- Sand & gravel
- Soft bottom only
- FishBase Habitat
- Feeding Group
- Mobile benthic worms
- Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
- Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
- Egg Type
- Pelagic larva
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- Global Endemism
- Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
- All species
- East Pacific endemic
- Regional Endemism
- 3 provinces (Cortez + Mexican + Panamic) endemic
- Continental TEP endemic
- All species
- TEP endemic
- Continent only
- Climate Zone
- Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
- South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
- North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
- Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
- Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
- IUCN Red List
- Least concern
- Not listed
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