Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Found in shallow sandy areas along beaches. Marketed fresh or salted, or sold for bait.
  • Robins, C.R., R.M. Bailey, C.E. Bond, J.R. Brooker, E.A. Lachner, R.N. Lea and W.B. Scott 1991 World fishes important to North Americans. Exclusive of species from the continental waters of the United States and Canada. Am. Fish. Soc. Spec. Publ. (21):243 p. (Ref. 4537)
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Distribution

Range Description

Umbrina broussonnetii is found in the Greater Antilles and along the Caribbean coast from Costa Rica to Colombia. It is likely that this species' distribution is larger than is currently known (Chao 2002).
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Western Atlantic: Greater Antilles (Hispaniola), except Cuba, and from Costa Rica to Colombia. Also Antilles (Ref. 26938).
  • Chao, L.N. 1978 Sciaenidae. In W. Fischer (ed.) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. West Atlantic (Fishing Area 31). Volume 4. FAO, Rome. (Ref. 3702)
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Western Atlantic.
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Physical Description

Size

Maximum size: 250 mm ---
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Max. size

25.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 3702))
  • Chao, L.N. 1978 Sciaenidae. In W. Fischer (ed.) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. West Atlantic (Fishing Area 31). Volume 4. FAO, Rome. (Ref. 3702)
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
Umbrina broussonnetii is a demersal species found in sandy areas along beaches and coral reefs, in shallow waters.

Systems
  • Marine
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Environment

demersal; marine
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Depth range based on 4 specimens in 1 taxon.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 1 - 22

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 1 - 22
 
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Trophic Strategy

Found in shallow sandy areas along beaches.
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Umbrina broussonnetii

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 2
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2010

Assessor/s
Chao, N.L.

Reviewer/s
Collen, B., Richman, N., Beresford, A., Chenery, A. & Ram, M.

Contributor/s
De Silva, R., Milligan, H., Lutz, M., Batchelor, A., Jopling, B., Kemp, K., Lewis, S., Lintott, P., Sears, J., Wilson, P. & Smith, J. and Livingston, F.

Justification
Umbrina broussonnetii has been assessed as Least Concern. Although harvested as a food source, this species is not targeted directly and so is only taken on a small scale. Due to the coastal nature of this species, it may be undergoing some localised declines as a result of coastal development and pollution. However, these threats are not thought to be significantly impacting the global population of this species at present. Monitoring of harvest levels is recommended, to ensure that this species does not become over-exploited in the future.
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Population

Population
It is likely that Umbrina broussonnetii has a population size greater than 10,000 individuals (N.L. Chao pers. comm. 2008).

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
Umbrina broussonnetii is harvested by the commercial fishing industry for local consumption and as bait, however it is not targeted specifically (Chao 2002). Due to the coastal nature of this species, it is likely that it is undergoing localised declines due to coastal development, water pollution, sedimentation, tourism, and destructive fishing practices.
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Least Concern (LC)
  • IUCN 2006 2006 IUCN red list of threatened species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded July 2006.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
There are no species-specific conservation measures in place for Umbrina broussonnetii, however it may be found in a number of marine protected areas. Monitoring of the harvest levels of this species should be carried out to ensure it does not become over-exploited.
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

fisheries: minor commercial; bait: occasionally; price category: medium; price reliability: very questionable: based on ex-vessel price for species in this family
  • Chao, L.N. 1978 Sciaenidae. In W. Fischer (ed.) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. West Atlantic (Fishing Area 31). Volume 4. FAO, Rome. (Ref. 3702)
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