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| Common names: snook (English), róbalo (Espanol) |
Centropomus viridis Lockington, 1877
Body oblong, relatively slender (height 3.7-4.5 in SL), compressed; upper head profile slightly concave; narrow between eyes (63% of snout length); mouth large and protractile, lower jaw protruding; margin of preopercle serrated; total rakers (including rudiments) on first gill arch 19-23 (usually 20-22); dorsal rays VIII +I,8-10 (usually 10), first long spine longer than second; anal rays III,6, second and third anal spines relatively short and slender for the genus, about equal in length, not exceeding longest anal soft ray; pelvics insert a little behind pectoral base, with I strong spine and 5 rays; pectoral rays 14-16 (usually 15); lateral-line scales 67-75 (usually 69-73); scales around tail base 25-30 (usually 26-28).
Generally silver with blackish lateral line; fins dusky.
Size: attains 120 cm; 23.8 kg.
Inhabits bays, estuaries, and lower parts of freshwater streams.
Depth: 0-25 m.
The central Gulf of California to southern Ecuador and the Galapagos.