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Class: Actinopteri
Order: Eupercaria/misc
Family: Sciaenidae Drums or croakers

Genus: Menticirrhus

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9 species
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Western Atlantic
Max. Length 50 cm TL
Menticirrhus americanus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by Photo by Timm, C.D.
 
Menticirrhus americanus
[Southern kingcroaker]



Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 62 cm TL
Menticirrhus elongatus (Günther, 1864)

Photo by Photo by Robertson, R.
 
Menticirrhus elongatus
[Pacific kingcroaker]



Western Atlantic
Max. Length 48.3 cm TL
Menticirrhus littoralis (Holbrook, 1847)

Photo by Photo by NOAA\NMFS\Mississippi Laboratory
 
Menticirrhus littoralis
[Gulf kingcroaker]



Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 52.6 cm TL
Menticirrhus nasus (Günther, 1868)

Photo by Photo by Robertson, R.
 
Menticirrhus nasus
[Highfin king croaker]



Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 45 cm TL
Menticirrhus ophicephalus (Jenyns, 1840)

Photo by Photo by FAO
 
Menticirrhus ophicephalus
[Snakehead kingcroaker]



Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 40 cm TL
Menticirrhus paitensis Hildebrand, 1946

Photo by Photo by Robertson, R.
 
Menticirrhus paitensis
[Paita kingcroaker]



Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 75 cm TL
Menticirrhus panamensis (Steindachner, 1876)

Photo by Photo by Robertson, R.
 
Menticirrhus panamensis
[Panama kingcroaker]



Western Atlantic
Max. Length 46 cm TL
Menticirrhus saxatilis (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)

Photo by Photo by Flescher, D.
 
Menticirrhus saxatilis
[Northern kingfish]



Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 71 cm TL
Menticirrhus undulatus (Girard, 1854)

Photo by Photo by IGFA
 
Menticirrhus undulatus
[California kingcroaker]



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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Menticirrhus americanus Southern kingcroaker Western Atlantic 50 TL 1758
Menticirrhus elongatus Pacific kingcroaker Eastern Pacific 62 TL 1864
Menticirrhus littoralis Gulf kingcroaker Western Atlantic 48.3 TL 1847
Menticirrhus nasus Highfin king croaker Eastern Pacific 52.6 TL 1868
Menticirrhus ophicephalus Snakehead kingcroaker Eastern Pacific 45 TL 1840
Menticirrhus paitensis Paita kingcroaker Eastern Pacific 40 TL 1946
Menticirrhus panamensis Panama kingcroaker Eastern Central Pacific 75 TL 1876
Menticirrhus saxatilis Northern kingfish Western Atlantic 46 TL 1801
Menticirrhus undulatus California kingcroaker Eastern Pacific 71 TL 1854



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