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Species: Seriphus politus, Queen croaker, the Queenfish

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elongate, compressed
large space between D1 & D2
lines along scale rows
mouth oblique, lower jaw projects
no canines
pectoral base dark
A 21-23, spines short, thin



Seriphus politus Ayres, 1860

Queenfish, Queen croaker

Elongate, compressed;  forehead profile straight to slightly concave; mouth large, slightly oblique, opens at front, lower jaw slightly projecting; teeth pointed, 1-2 rows, no large canines; 2 pores on chin, no barbels; snout with 8 pores; 25-27 gill rakers, moderately long, slender; preopercle border smooth to serrated; dorsal fin VIII-IX + I spines, 1st  dorsal short, separated from soft part (18-21) by large gap; anal base long, spines short, thin, II, 21-23; pectorals short; tail slightly concave; scales rough on body, smooth on head; soft dorsal and anal entirely scaled; 59-64 lateral line scales.

Blue grey to tan upper body; belly bright silver; sides with dark lines along scale rows; pectoral dark, darker on base; other fins yellowish.

Size: 30.5 cm.

Habitat: sandy bottoms, bays and tidal lagoons.

Depth: 0-181 m.

Oregon to the SW Gulf of California.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Near Bottom
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Water column
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom only
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Carnivore
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
  • TEP non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • California province, primarily
  • Temperate Eastern Pacific, primarily
  • Continent only
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic
  • All species
  • Vagrant
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 30.5
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 181