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Centropomus mexicanus  Bocourt, 1868

Largescale fat snook
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Centropomidae (Snooks)
Etymology: Centropomus: Greek, kentron = sting + Greek, poma, -atos = cover, operculum (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; brackish; demersal.   Tropical, preferred ?; 32°N - 35°S

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Western Atlantic: eastern Mexico and Greater Antilles to Venezuela and Porto Alegre in Brazil.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 47.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5217); common length : 35.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5217)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs in mouths of rivers and the littoral zone; spawns on banks; feeds on small fish and crustaceans (Ref. 35237). Juveniles bear conspicuous black tip on the dorsal fin and often join foraging groups of similarly sized and looking flagfin mojarras, Eucinostomus melanopterus. The snooks mingle with the mojarras and prey on fishes and shrimps attracted to the digging activity of the mojarras. The resemblance to a fish harmless to shrimps and small fishes allows the snook to approach this otherwise wary prey, an example of aggressive mimicry (Ref. 43465).

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Cervigón, F., R. Cipriani, W. Fischer, L. Garibaldi, M. Hendrickx, A.J. Lemus, R. Márquez, J.M. Poutiers, G. Robaina and B. Rodriguez, 1992. Fichas FAO de identificación de especies para los fines de la pesca. Guía de campo de las especies comerciales marinas y de aquas salobres de la costa septentrional de Sur América. FAO, Rome. 513 p. Preparado con el financiamento de la Comisión de Comunidades Europeas y de NORAD. (Ref. 5217)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: commercial; gamefish: yes
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5005   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00851 (0.00385 - 0.01883), b=3.06 (2.88 - 3.24), based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  4.0   ±0.67 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (tm=3-4; Fec=800,000).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate to high vulnerability (49 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Very high.