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Species: Paralonchurus dumerilii, Banded croaker, Suco croaker

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5 bars + blotch on tail base
D: 23-26
chin: 11-13 pairs barbels
A 7

Paralonchurus dumerilii (Bocourt, 1869)

Suco croaker, Banded croaker

Body elongate, rounded; back narrow; head low, broad, blunt; eye relatively large, 4.7-5.3 in head length; snout bulbous, projecting beyond upper jaw; mouth inferior, moderately oblique; teeth in villiform bands, none notably enlarged; chin and lower jaw with row of 11-13 slender barbels along inside; top lip notched; gill rakers small, 13-16; margin of preopercle smooth; dorsal with deep notch separating spiny and soft parts, IX + I, 23-26, soft part long and low; anal small, with II small spines, 7; pectoral fins equal to or shorter than head; tail fin S-shaped, the longest rays below middle of fin; pored lateral-line scales 49-52; soft dorsal and anal fins with basal scaly sheath; scales on operculum rough.

Silvery white with 5-6 prominent black bars extending onto lower side + black blotch on top of tail base; pectoral dark; other fins dusky, although pelvics and anal mainly whitish.

Maximum size to about 45 cm.

Inhabits coastal waters.

Depth: 1-30 m.

El Salvador to Chile.

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  • Marine
  • Brackish
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Beach
  • Estuary
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Freshwater
  • Sand & gravel
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Data
  • 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
  • Continent only
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Panamic province endemic
  • Continent
  • TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 45
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 30