Micropogonias undulatus (Linnaeus, 1766)
Atlantic croaker
Micropogonias undulatus
photo by Flescher, D.

Family:  Sciaenidae (Drums or croakers)
Max. size:  55 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 2,580.0 g; max. reported age: 5 years
Environment:  demersal; depth range - 100 m
Distribution:  Western Atlantic: Massachusetts, USA (excluding Florida) and northern Gulf of Mexico to northern Mexico. Possibly from southern Brazil to Argentina. Uncertain in southern Gulf of Mexico, Lesser Antilles and southern Caribbean (Ref. 26938).
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Adults occur usually over mud and sandy mud bottoms in coastal waters and in estuaries where the nursery and feeding grounds are located. They feed mainly on worms, crustaceans and fishes. An excellent foodfish. Sold fresh and frozen; eaten fried, broiled, microwaved and baked (Ref. 9988).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 01 December 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 06.08.13
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 23.08.94

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