IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: bairdiella (English), croaker (English), cholesca (Espanol), ronco (Espanol), corvinata (Espanol)
 
Bairdiella icistia (Jordan & Gilbert, 1882)


Bairdiella,     Ronco croaker


Body elongate, oblong, compressed; head narrow, cavernous but firm to touch; snout short, blunt; mouth large (reaching to under rear edge of eye), a little oblique, opens at front;  chin without barbells, with 5 pores; teeth conical, in rows;  lower gill rakers 15-18, total 25-27, longest raker longer than ½ gill filament behind it; preopercular margin with 8-9 spines, including 2-4 strong spines at angle, the lowermost directed downwards and forward; dorsal fin X, I-II, 25-29, deeply notched between spines and rays; anal fin II, 8, second anal spine about as long as first soft anal ray, not reaching tail fin; tail fin with straight edge; scales rough, except smooth around eyes and on fins; pored lateral-line scales 49-54. 



Color silvery with yellowish to clear fins; a dark spot at base of pectoral fins; upper lip and tip of lower jaw dusky.

Size: to 30 cm.

Inhabits inshore areas, including estuaries and river mouths; feeds on crustacean larvae, shrimps and fishes.

Depth: 1-20 m?


Central Baja and the Gulf of California to Chiapas, Mexico.
   

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