Scientific name: Micropogonias undulatus
Its inferior mouth has 3 to 5 pairs of small barbels on its chin. Its silver-gray or bronze body has dark oblique wavy bars or lines which are iridescent, especially on the head. The croaker’s preopercle is strongly serrated.
The older fish live in deep offshore waters during winter and move into bays and estuaries during spring, summer, and fall. The young fish are found in estuaries.
The fish are commonly found north of Tampa Bay and north of Cape Canaveral.