- Distinguishing characteristic: The croaker has three to five pairs of barbed whiskers to feel the food on the sea floor, a lateral line that extends from the tip of its caudal fin, inferior mouth, and brown vertical stripes on its sides.
In the Wild
- Habitat: They live in Estuaries and bays
- Diet: They eat small fish, bristle worms , mollusks, crustaceans
- Predators: They are eater by large fish, such as blue fish, weakfish, and striped bass.
- Size: They can grow to be about 18-20 inches long
- Breeding: They breed off shore in the fall
- Life Span: They can live as long as 13 years
In the Aquatics Lab
- Diet: They eat several quarter size squid pieces.
- Size: They are about 8-10 inches
- Quantity: In the aquatics lab we have 2 croakers.
- Virginia Regulations: There are no Virginia Regulations for catching croaker.
- Commercial Uses: They are caught to sell in fish markets and other places.