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Species: Paralonchurus goodei, Angel croaker, Goode's croaker

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eye small
body - 4 faint bars
D: 27-28
C point below midline
chin: ~ 30 pairs small barbels
pectoral: black
A 7

Paralonchurus goodei Gilbert in Jordan & Evermann, 1898

Goode's croaker, Angel croaker

Body elongate, rounded; back narrow and humped; head low, broad, blunt; eye relatively small, 6.0-6.6 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 > 30 slender barbels along inside; top lip notched; gill rakers small, 11-12; margin of preopercle smooth; dorsal with deep notch separating spiny and soft parts, X + I, 27-28, soft part long and low; anal small, with II small spines, 7; pectoral fins ~ equal to head; tail fin S-shaped, the longest rays below middle of fin; pored lateral-line scales 48-51; soft dorsal and anal fins with basal scaly sheath; scales on operculum rough.

Dusky brownish with 4 faint blackish bars on body; body white ventrally; pectoral fins black, other fins dusky.

Maximum size to about 35 cm.

Inhabits coastal waters.

Depth: 1-30 m?

Southern Baja and the lower eastern Gulf of California to northern Peru.

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  • Brackish
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Soft bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Sand & gravel
  • Estuary
  • Beach
FishBase Habitat
  • Bentho-Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • 3 provinces (Cortez + Mexican + Panamic) endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • TEP endemic
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 35
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 30