Species: Paralonchurus rathbuni, Bearded banded croaker, Blotched croaker
Paralonchurus rathbuni (Jordan & Bollman, 1890)
Bearded banded croaker, Blotched croaker
Body elongate, rounded; back narrow; head low, broad, blunt; snout bulbous, projecting beyond upper jaw; eye large, 4.3-5.0 in head length; mouth inferior, slightly oblique; teeth in villiform bands, outer row slightly enlarged; chin and lower jaw with row of 9-10 slender barbels along inside; top lip notched; gill rakers small, 12-15; margin of preopercle finely serrated; dorsal with deep notch separating spiny and soft parts, X + I, 28-29, soft part long and low; anal small, with II small spines, 8-9; pectoral fins short, 1.5-1.8 in head; tail with short blunt central point; pored lateral-line scales 53-55; soft dorsal and anal fins with basal scaly sheath; scales on operculum rough.
Silvery white, back with 6-7 dusky blackish bars extending onto lower side, a large blackish blotch just behind upper corner of operculum; fins dusky, except pelvics and anal whitish; inside operculum dark.
Size: attains at least 30 cm.
Inhabits coastal waters.
Depth: 1-30 m?
Nayarit in the SE Gulf of California to Peru.
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- Water Column Position
- Bottom only
- Soft bottom only
- Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
- Sand & gravel
- FishBase Habitat
- Feeding Group
- Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
- Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
- Mobile benthic worms
- Egg Type
- Pelagic larva
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- Global Endemism
- All species
- East Pacific endemic
- Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
- Regional Endemism
- TEP endemic
- All species
- Continent only
- Continental TEP endemic
- Mexican + Panamic provinces endemic
- Climate Zone
- Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
- Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
- South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
- Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
- IUCN Red List
- Least concern
- Not listed
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