Micropogonias undulatus

  • 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.



Other information

  • Virginia Regulations: There are no Virginia Regulations for catching croaker.
  • Commercial Uses:  They are caught to sell in fish markets and other places.


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