Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Sciaenidae
(Drums or croakers)
Etymology: Nebris: Greek, nebris, -idos = skin of a fawn (Ref. 45335). More on author: Cuvier.
The species Plagioscion microps Steindachner, 1917 is considered as valid in Eschmeyer (CofF ver. Jul. 2010: Ref. 84883) according to Chao (1978: Ref. not in FB).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; brackish; demersal; depth range ? - 50 m. Tropical; 12°N - 28°S, 34°W - 76°W
Western Atlantic: Colombia (Ref. 5217) to southeast Brazil.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 40.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 35237); common length : 35.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 3702); max. published weight: 570.00 g (Ref. 5217)
Inhabits sandy muddy bottoms in coastal waters and in estuaries. Juveniles restricted to brackish waters (Ref. 9626). Feeds mainly on shrimps. Marketed mostly fresh and salted, an important foodfish. One of the most highly priced species in Trinidad.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Chao, L.N., 1978. Sciaenidae. In W. Fischer (ed.) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. West Atlantic (Fishing Area 31). Volume 4. FAO, Rome. (Ref. 3702)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.7500 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00794 (0.00532 - 0.01187), b=3.08 (2.96 - 3.20), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.6 ±0.59 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (29 of 100) .