Atractoscion nobilis (Ayres, 1860)
White weakfish
Atractoscion nobilis
photo by Steele, M.A.

Family:  Sciaenidae (Drums or croakers)
Max. size:  166 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 41 kg; max. reported age: 20 years
Environment:  demersal; depth range 0 - 122 m
Distribution:  Eastern Pacific: Alaska to southern Baja California, Mexico and the Gulf of California.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-11; Dorsal soft rays (total): 20-23; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 8-9; Vertebrae: 24-24. Pelvic fins with fleshy appendage at base.
Biology:  Often in schools over rocky bottom and in kelp beds (Ref. 2850). Also found in the surf zone (Ref. 2850). Young in bays and along sandy beaches (Ref. 2850). Feed on fishes, squids, and crayfish (Ref. 6885). Pelagic spawners (Ref. 56049). Excellent food fish (Ref. 9118).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 22 May 2007 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 01.05.91
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 18.07.13
Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 13.07.95

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