Pacific Drum, Larimus pacificus: The Pacific Drum has an overall silver grayish upper back with some individuals having distinct black stripes on the sides that follow the scale rows. They are characterized by a short oblong body with a humped back with a short compressed head with a short snout and large eyes.
The mouth is very oblique, with a projecting lower jaw, and ends just under the center of the eye. They do not have a barbell. The anal fin has a strong second spine, the dorsal fin is deeply notched, and the pectoral fins (which have 16 or 17 rays) reach beyond the tips of the depressed pelvic fins. The fins are dark.
The Pacific Drum might be confused with the Steeplined Croaker, Larimus acclivis (14 or 15 pectoral rays; dusky fins).
Pacific Drums are found in coastal waters within the first 150 feet of the water column. They reach a maximum length of 12 inches.
They are found in all Mexican fishing waters of the Pacific with the exception that they are absent from the colder waters between Tijuana and Guerrero Negro along the west coast of northern Baja California. They are too rare to be of much interest to anyone.
The Pacific Drum is a rare member of a series of croakers or drums caught out of the surf that is a member of the Sciaenidae Family