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  Common names: corvina (English), weakfish (English), corvina (Espanol)
Cynoscion xanthulus Jordan & Gilbert, 1882

Orangemouth corvina,     Orange-mouth weakfish

Elongate, fusiform, compressed, oval cross-section; snout pointed, nape profile convex; mouth strongly oblique, ends after eye, lower jaw very prominent; front of top jaws with 1 pair of large pointed canines; no pores or barbels on chin; 8-10 lower gill rakers; margin of preopercle smooth; dorsal with long base, no gap separating the two parts, IX + I, 19-20; anal II, 8-9; pectoral fins short, ends well before tips of depressed pelvic fins; tail fin with blunt point, more sharply pointed in young; scales rough on body, smooth on head & operculum; soft dorsal and anal fins with low (1-2 scales) scaly sheath; 58-68 pored scales on lateral line, these larger than adjacent rows and with small accessory scales.

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 southern Mexico.   


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