Striped Corvina, Cynoscion reticulates
The Striped Corvina, Cynoscion reticulates, whose common Spanish name is Corvina Rayada, is a member of the Croaker or Sciaenidae Family, known collectively as “Berrugatas and Corvinas” in Mexico.
The Striped Corvina has an elongated, deep, compressed body with an oval cross-section. They are a silvery color with brownish wavy streaks on the back and sides and a pale band along the lateral line. The base of the pectoral fin is dark, the dorsal and pectoral are dusky and all other fins are yellowish. The head is conical with a large oblique mouth that extends to below the middle of the eye. They do not have chin barbells. The anal fin has two spines and nine rays; the caudal fin has a straight margin; the dorsal fin has a long base with a deep notch and 9 spines and 1 spine and 25 to 29 rays; the pectoral fins are long reaching beyond the pelvic fins. They have 6 to 8 lower gill rakers. They are covered with rough scales.
The Striped Corvina is found demersal over sandy bottoms along the shore and in the surf zone and inshore bays and estuaries at depths up to 350 feet. They reach a maximum length of 90 cm (35 inches). They are very similar in appearance to a series of other croakers however the Striped is the only Corvina with striping on its’ back. The Striped Covinas is found in all Mexican waters of the Pacific with the exception that they are absent from 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. The Striped Corvina is viewed by locals to be excellent table fare.