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Cynoscion xanthulus Jordan and Gilbert, 1882
ORANGEMOUTH WEAKFISH
Orangemouth Corvina

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Cynoscion xanthulus
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Cynoscion xanthulus

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Overview
Main identification features
  • d: x
  • c: blunt point
  • pectoral narrow, short
  • scales: body rough, head smooth
  • dorsal and anal fins- low scale sheath
Dorsal rays IX + I, 19-20, fourth dorsal spine the longest; anal rays II, 8-9; pored lateral-line scales 58-68; gill rakers short and thick, 8-10 on lower limb of first arch, 12-14 in total; head elongate, compressed; snout pointed; mouth oblique, lower jaw projecting beyond upper jaw; no pores or barbel on chin; teeth in 1-2 series, a pair of moderately large canines at tip of upper jaw; margin of preopercle without serrations; pectoral fins short, not reaching beyond tips of depressed pelvic fins; tail with blunt point, more sharply pointed in young; scales rough on body, smooth on head; soft dorsal and anal fins with low (1-2 scales) scaly sheath; lateral line arched anteriorly, becoming straight at level of anus.

Color silver, bluish on upper back; inside of mouth bright yellow orange; pectoral axil blackish; caudal fin yellow.

Size: grows to 90 cm; 24.6 kg.

Inhabits coastal waters.

Depth: 1-50 m.

Central Baja and Gulf of California to Acapulco, Mexico.


Attributes
Abundance: Common.
Cites: Not listed.
Climate Zone: North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California); Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap); Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos).
Depth Range Max: 50 m.
Depth Range Min: 1 m.
Diet: bony fishes; mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs); octopus/squid/cuttlefish.
Eastern Pacific Range: Northern limit=32; Southern limit=17; Western limit=-115; Eastern limit=-99; Latitudinal range=15; Longitudinal range=16.
Egg Type: Pelagic; Pelagic larva.
Feeding Group: Carnivore.
FishBase Habitat: Bentho-Pelagic.
Global Endemism: Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic; East Pacific endemic; All species.
Habitat: Estuary; Sand & gravel; Soft bottom (mud, sand,gravel, beach, estuary & mangrove); Water column.
Inshore Offshore: Inshore; Inshore Only.
IUCN Red List: Not evaluated / Listed.
Length Max: 90 cm.
Regional Endemism: Continent; Continent only; TEP endemic; Continental TEP endemic; Cortez + Mexican provinces endemic; All species.
Residency: Resident.
Salinity: Brackish; Marine.
Water Column Position: Mid Water; Near Bottom; Bottom; Bottom + water column;


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References
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  • Castri-Aguirre, J.L., Espinoza-Pérez, H. and Schmitter-Soto, J.J., 2002., Lista sitemática, biogeográfica y ecológica de la ictiofauna estuarino lagunar y vicaria de México. En: Lozano-Vilano, M. L. (Ed.). Libro Jubilar en Honor al Dr. Salvador Contreras Balderas., Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo León:117-142.
  • Castro-Aguirre , J. L. and Balart, E. F., 1997., Contribución al conocimiento de la ictiofauna de fondos blandos y someros de la Ensenada de La Paz y Bahía de La Paz, B.C.S.. En Urbán Ramírez, J. y M. Ramírez Rodríguez (Eds.). La Bahía de La Paz investigación y conservación., Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur:139-150.
  • Castro-Aguirre, J.L., 1999., Ictiofauna estuarino-lagunar y vicaria de México., Editorial Limusa S.A. de C.V.: 1-629pp.
  • Findley, L.T., Hendrickx, M.E., Brusca, R.C., van der Heiden, A.M., Hastings, P.A., Torre, J., 2003., Diversidad de la Macrofauna Marina del Golfo de California, Mexico., CD-ROM versión 1.0. Projecto de la Macrofauna del Golfo .  Derechos reservados de los autores y Conservación Internacional.
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  • Jordan , D.S. and Gilbert, C.H., 1882., Description of five new species of fishes from Mazatlan, Mexico., Proc. U.S. Nat. Mus., 4:458-463.
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