Striped Corvina

Striped Corvina, Cynoscion reticulates

The Striped Corvina, Cynoscion reticulatus, whose common Spanish name is corvina rayada, is a species in the Family Sciaenidae, the Croakers, known as berrugatras and corvinas in Mexico. Globally, there are twenty four species in the genus Cynoscion, of which thirteen are found in Mexican waters, three in the Atlantic and ten in the Pacific.

The Striped Corvinas have elongated deep compressed bodies with an oval cross-section. They have a silvery coloration with brownish wavy streaks on their back and sides and a pale band along their lateral line. The base of their pectoral fin is dark, their dorsal and pectoral fins are dusky, and all their other fins are yellowish. Their head is conical with a large oblique mouth that extends below the middle of the eyes. They, like many other croakers have orange mouths. They do not have chin barbels. Their anal fin has two spines and nine rays; their caudal fin has a straight margin; their dorsal fin has a long base with a deep notch and nine spines followed by another spine and 25 to 29 rays; their pectoral fins are long and reach beyond the pelvic fins. They have six to eight lower gill rakers and are covered with rough scales.

The Striped Corvinas are found demersal over sandy bottoms along the shore, in the surf zone, and in inshore bays and estuaries at depths up to 350 feet. They reach a maximum length of 90 cm (35 inches). They are found in all Mexican waters of the Pacific with the exception of north of Magdalena Bay along the west coast of Baja. They are caught primarily on cut bait (clams, squid, mullet, etc.) with small hooks and bottom rigs. They are viewed by locals as excellent table fare.

The Striped Corvina is very similar in appearance to a series of other Croakers, however, it is the only Corvina with striping on its back.

Striped Corvina, Cynoscion reticulates: Caught in the surf zone, Puerto Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, April 2008, pre-dawn on a Sabiki Rig. Length: 42 cm (16.5 inches). Identification courtesy of Dr. Ross Robertson, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama and reconfirmed by H.J. Walker, Jr., Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA.

 

Striped Corvina, Cynoscion reticulates: Caught in the surf zone, Puerto Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, April 2008, pre-dawn on a Sabiki Rig. Length: 42 cm (16.5 inches). Identification courtesy of Dr. Ross Robertson, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama and reconfirmed by H.J. Walker, Jr., Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA.
Striped Corvina, Cynoscion reticulates: Caught in the surf zone, Puerto Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, April 2008, pre-dawn on a Sabiki Rig. Length: 42 cm (16.5 inches). Identification courtesy of Dr. Ross Robertson, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama and reconfirmed by H.J. Walker, Jr., Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA.
Striped Corvina, Cynoscion reticulates: Fish caught out of 52 foot water on cut shrimp in coastal Mazatlán waters, April 2013. Length: 56 cm (22 inches). Catch and photo courtesy of George Brinkman, Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
Striped Corvina, Cynoscion reticulates: Fish caught out of 52 foot water on cut shrimp in coastal Mazatlán waters, April 2013. Length: 56 cm (22 inches). Catch and photo courtesy of George Brinkman, Guelph, Ontario, Canada.