Atlantic Croaker

Scientific name: Micropogonias undulatus

Appearance:

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.

Habitat:

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.

Florida locations:

The fish are commonly found north of Tampa Bay and north of Cape Canaveral.

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