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Species: Micropogonias ectenes, Slender croaker

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flank: 10-12 short oblique bars
D: front not high, 23-26
chin: 4 pairs barbels

Micropogonias ectenes (Jordan & Gilbert, 1882)

Slender croaker

Body elongate, moderately compressed; prominent snout; eye medium sized (16-22% of head length); mouth small, under snout, lips thin; teeth simple, no canines, outer row teeth of upper jaw slightly enlarged; 4 inconspicuous barbels along inner side of lower jaw;  margin of preopercle strongly serrated, spines at the angle; gill rakers 22-24; dorsal rays X + I, 23-26, first dorsal at most barely reaching origin of second dorsal fin when depressed; anal rays II, 7-8, 2nd  spine robust, ~ ¾ length of 1st  anal ray; tail margin a short, blunt point, upper lobe slightly concave; scales large, rough on body and nape, smooth on breast and cheek; pored lateral-line scales 51-54; soft dorsal and anal fins without scales.

Color silvery grey with brassy hue; upper sides with 10-12 thin dark oblique bars extending upward and backwards along scale rows; fins yellowish, spinous dorsal fin with blackish outer margin.

Size: grows to about 40 cm.

Inhabits coastal waters.

Depth: 1-33 m.

Southern Baja, the central Gulf of California to Acapulco.

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  • Marine
  • Brackish
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Near Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Estuary
  • Beach
  • Soft bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • Water column
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Continent only
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent
  • Cortez + Mexican provinces endemic
  • All species
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • 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
  • 40
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 33