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| Common names: weakfish (English), corvina (English), corvina (Espanol) |
Cynoscion phoxocephalus Jordan & Gilbert, 1882
Sharpnose corvina, Cachema weakfish, Sharp-nose weakfish
Elongate, compressed, oval cross-section; head pointed, nape profile straight; mouth strongly oblique, upper jaw not reaching level of rear margin of eye, lower jaw projecting; front of top jaws with 1 pair of large pointed canines; no barbels or pores on chin; 7-8 lower gill rakers, gill rakers shorter than gill filaments in center of gill arch; margin of preopercle smooth; dorsal with long base, no gap separating the two parts, IX-X + I, 20-22; anal II, 9-10; pectoral fins short, end well before pelvic tip; rear margin of tail ~ straight; all scales smooth; soft dorsal fin without a scaly sheath; lateral line straight slightly arched anteriorly; 60-70 scales on lateral line; lateral line scales enlarged, with small accessory scales.
Color silvery, bluish grey on upper back; dorsal and caudal fins dusky, other fins whitish; axil of pectoral fin blackish.
Size: to 60 cm.
Inhabits coastal waters; juveniles enter river mouths and shallow. estuaries.
Depth: 1-30 m.
SE Gulf of California to Peru; vagrant in the Galapagos.