IUCN threat status:

Vulnerable (VU)

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  Common names: croaker (English), bombache (Espanol)
Odontoscion eurymesops (Heller & Snodgrass, 1903)

Galapagos croaker

Body short, oblong, moderately compressed; head low, snout conical; eye large 3.9-4.4 in head length; tip of lower jaw with slight knob; mouth fairly large, slightly oblique, lower jaw projecting; snout with 8 pores; chin with 5 pores, but no barbels; lower jaw with outer row of large teeth but no canines at front; 24-26 gill rakers; preopercle smooth;  dorsal rays XI + II-III, 24-27; anal rays II, 8-9, 2nd  spine ≥ longest ray; tail margin straight or slightly rounded; scales rough on body, smooth on head; 2/3 of soft dorsal and anal fins with scaly sheath; pored lateral-line scales 47-52.

Color brownish with silvery reflections; sides with narrow longitudinal brown stripes following scale rows, these becoming oblique above lateral line; fins dusky to dark brown.

Size: to about 25 cm.

Inhabits rocky reefs.

Depth: 3-30 m.

Galapagos and Cocos Islands.


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