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Species: Umbrina wintersteeni, Cortez croaker, Wintersteen's drum

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dark lines on scale rows
D 23-28
C: rounded
pelvics dark
gill chamber pale
pectoral 17
A: 5-6; 2nd spine thick, ~1/2 1st ray

Umbrina wintersteeni Walker & Radford, 1992

Cortez croaker, Wintersteen's 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 (14-23) gill rakers; preopercle finely serrated; dorsal fin with a deep notch, X + I, 26 (23-28), spines slender, second dorsal long base; anal small, II, 6 (rarely 5) rays, 2nd  spine thick, ~ ½ length of 1st  ray; pectoral short, not reaching tip of pelvic, 17 (15-18) rays; tail edge straight to weakly rounded; scales rough on head and body, smooth on fins; bases of soft dorsal and anal fins with scaly sheath; lateral line scales 48-51.

Upper body tan to golden brown, belly silver white; sides with dark distinct oblique lines on scale rows; gill chamber pale, or lightly dotted; dorsal, tail, anal, and pelvics dusky to dark; pectorals pale; juveniles with ~ 8-11 faint bars.

Size: 35 cm.

Habitat: coastal, soft bottoms.

Depth: 1-15 m?

Southern Baja to the southern Gulf of California.

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  • Brackish
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Near Bottom
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Estuary
  • Soft bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Water column
  • Beach
  • Sand & gravel
FishBase Habitat
  • Bentho-Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • All species
  • Continent only
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent
  • Cortez + Mexican provinces endemic
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 35
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 15