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Species: Umbrina roncador, Yellow-fin drum, Yellowfin croaker

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oblique lines along scale rows
fins yellow
D 24-31
C: straight
in operculum black; gut cavity dark
A: 7; 2nd spine thick, ~ 1/2 1st ray

Umbrina roncador Jordan & Gilbert, 1882

Yellowfin croaker, Yellow-fin drum

Body oblong, somewhat compressed, lower profile ~ horizontal; back strongly arched; head low, broad, conical; snout < eye; mouth ~ horizontal, under projecting snout; chin with 1 short, thick rigid barbel with a pore at its tip, and 2 pairs of pores beside its base; teeth in bands on each jaw, outer row on top jaw larger; 18-19 (15-22) gill rakers; preopercle finely serrated; dorsal fin with a deep notch, X + I, 27-28 (24-31), spines slender, second dorsal long base; anal small, II, 7 (rarely 6) rays, 2nd  spine thick, > ½ length of 1st  ray; pectoral short, not reaching tip of pelvic, 18 (15-20) rays; tail edge straight to slightly concave the upper rays elongated; scales rough on head and body, smooth on fins; bases of soft dorsal and anal fins with scaly sheath; lateral line scales 51-54.

Bright silvery, bluish above; sides with oblique, undulating brown or olive lines following scale rows; fins yellow; inner side of gill cover blackish; lining of gut cavity dark.

Size: attains 55.6 cm.

Inhabits coastal areas, including sandy bays and harbours.

Depth: 1-45 m.

Point Conception, California to the NE Gulf of California.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Near Bottom
  • Beach
  • Water column
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom only
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent
  • All species
  • Continent only
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Cortez province endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 55.6
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 45