About This Fish

Queenfish


The Queenfish (Seriphus politus) is a ray finned fish which belongs to the family Sciaenidae under Order Perciformes of Class Actinopterygii. It is also known as Queen Croaker. It is distributed in Yaquina Bay in Oregon, USA to southern Baja, California, Mexico, British Columbia and Canada. The Queenfish is a coastal species that can be found in offshore reefs, estuary systems, inshore reefs, bomboras, rocky headlands, islands and bays.



The queenfish’s body is elongated and moderately compressed with large eyes. Back is blue grey to tan; belly is bright silver and sides with dark lines along scale rows. Pectoral fin is dark and other fins are yellowish. The anal and second dorsal fins have equal long bases. The Queenfish has a compressed head, with a slightly concave profile. It has very large oblique mouth with a projecting lower jaw. First dorsal fin has short base with 9-10 spines and it is separated from second dorsal fin by large gap. This fish species has a prominent lateral line. Second dorsal fin contains 18-21 soft rays while anal fin with 2 spines and 21-23 soft rays. Pectoral fin is short which contains 15-17 rays and caudal fin is emarginated. Body is covered with rough scales while head is smooth. Soft dorsal and anal fin is entirely scaled. The Queenfish feeds on small, free swimming crustaceans, small crabs, and fishes. It reaches sexual maturity at range between 10 and 10.5 cm in length. The adult Queenfish spawns in the summer. The Queenfish can grow up to 30 cm in length and 15kg in weight.


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