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| Common names: weakfish (English), corvina (Espanol) |
Cynoscion albus (Günther, 1864)
Queen weakfish, Whitefin weakfish
Elongate, fusiform, compressed, oval cross-section; head low, not spongy on top; eye moderate; mouth large, oblique, lower jaw projecting beyond upper jaw; front of top jaws with 1 pair of large pointed canines; no barbels or pores on chin; gill rakers long and slender, 8-9 lower rakers; preoperculum smooth; dorsal with long base, deep notch, IX-X + I, 19-22; anal fin with II small (< ½ length of 1st ray) weak spines, 8-9 rays; pectoral fins relatively long, reaching half way to anus; rear margin of tail S-shaped, the middle rays much longer than the others; scales large, rough on body, smooth on head; soft dorsal and anal fins with a basal sheath 3 scales wide; lateral line arched anteriorly and straight well before level of anus; pored lateral-line scales about 54-58; lateral line scales smaller than adjacent scales, and with small accessory scales.
Color mainly silvery, bluish-grey above with black opercle lining; fins clear or whitish; inside mouth yellow.
Size: reaches 120 cm.
Inhabits coastal waters, including estuaries and river mouths.
Depth: 1-50 m.
Southern Baja and the SE Gulf of Mexico to Peru.