Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Sciaenidae
(Drums or croakers)
Etymology: Plagioscion: Greek, plagios = oblique + Greek, skiaina, skion = barbel, red mullet (Ref. 45335); casattii: Named for Lilian Casatti.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
South America: Orinoco River, Venezuela.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 33.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 36888)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 6 - 7. Body nearly uniform silvery, lighter ventrally; darker dorsally; no conspicuous spots but with diffuse dark areas along base of dorsal fin, on margin of spinous and soft dorsal fin, and hind margin of caudal fin; base of pectoral fins with a brown spot. Eye elliptical, 5.3-6.2 in HL; second anal spine length 4-6.3 (mean 5.2) in HL. Anus-anal distance 2.8-5.1 (mean 4.2) in HL. Tips of pelvic-fin rays not extending to anus. Anterior portion of dorsal fin with 10 spines, posterior with 1 and usually 33-34 soft rays. Sagitta elongate and oblong; ostium apple-shape; tip of caudal not extending to below hind margin of the ostium, postero-ventral angle rounded. Caudal fin rhomboid (Ref. 44362).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Aguilera, O. and D.R. de Aguilera, 2001. A new species of croaker Plagioscion (Perciformes, Sciaenidae) from the Orinoco River Basin, Venezuela. Memoria 60(153):61-67. (Ref. 44362)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5078 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00891 (0.00425 - 0.01868), b=3.07 (2.90 - 3.24), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.9 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (33 of 100) .