Latin name

Umbrina roncador

Other names

Atalina croaker, yellowtailed croaker, golden croaker, yellowfin drum.


The body of the yellowfin croaker is elliptically elongated, the back somewhat arched, and the head blunt. The coloration is iridescent, from blue to gray, with brassy reflections on the back dissipating to silvery white below. Dark wavy lines run along the sides. The fins are yellowish except for the dark dorsal fins. There is a small barb on the tip of the chin and two strong anal spines; the barb and strong anal spines distinguish the yellowfin from other California croakers.


The yellowfin croaker is found from the Gulf of California, Mexico, to Point Conception, California.


These fish inhabit shallow parts of bays, channels, harbors, and other nearshore waters over sandy bottoms.


The average weight of a yellowfin croaker is less than 1 pound. The record is 2 pounds 11 ounces.

Life history and Behavior

The yellowfin croaker reaches sexual maturity at 9 inches in length. The spawning period is in the summer, when this species concentrates along sandy beaches. In winter, they move to deeper waters, moving in schools or in small groups.

Food and feeding habits

The yellowfin croaker mainly consumes small fish and fish fry, also feeds on small crustaceans, worms, mollusks.


Yellowfin croaker become sexually mature at about 2 years of age and 9 inches long. Spawning takes place from May to August.

Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Squad Acanthuriformes
Family Sciaenidae
Genus Umbrina
Species U.roncador
Conservation status No information
Habitat bottom
Life span, years No information
Maximum body weight, kg 2.04
Maximum length, cm 51.13
Sailing speed, m/s No information
Threat to people Edible
Way of eating Bentophage

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Croaker, Yellowfin

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