IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: croaker (English), corvina (Espanol), chano (Espanol)
Micropogonias altipinnis (Günther, 1864)

Golden croaker,     Highfin croaker,     Tallfin croaker

Elongate, moderately compressed; prominent snout; eye relatively small (2.0 or more in snout); mouth small, under snout, lips thin; teeth simple, no canines, outer row teeth of upper jaw slightly enlarged; 4-5 inconspicuous barbels along inner side of lower jaw;  margin of preopercle strongly serrated, 2 spines at the angle; gill rakers 24-25; dorsal rays X + I, 19-23, first dorsal tall, reaching beyond origin of second dorsal fin when depressed; anal rays II, 7-8, 2nd  spine robust, > half length of 1st  anal ray; tail margin a short, blunt point, upper lobe slightly concave; scales large, rough on body and nape, smooth on breast and cheek; pored lateral-line scales 48-52; soft dorsal and anal fins without scales.

Silvery with a golden hue; scale rows above lateral line with faint brownish longitudinal streaks, also several oblique bars running upward and backward, crossing arched portion of lateral line; fins yellowish, dorsal and caudal fins somewhat dusky.

Size: attains 66 cm.

Inhabits coastal waters.

Depth: 1-104 m.

Southern Baja and the central Gulf of California to northern Peru.   


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