Larimichthys crocea (Richardson, 1846)
Large yellow croaker
Larimichthys crocea
photo by Cook, D.C.

Family:  Sciaenidae (Drums or croakers)
Max. size:  80 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 243.6 g; max. reported age: 6 years
Environment:  benthopelagic; brackish; marine; depth range 0 - 120 m, oceanodromous
Distribution:  Northwest Pacific: from central Vietnam to South Korea and Japan, Yellow and East China seas.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 9-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 30-35; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 7-9; Vertebrae: 25-26. Body gold when fresh. Soft-rayed portions of dorsal and anal fins mostly covered with scales. Posterior part of pectoral fin not black. Anal soft rays usually 8 (Ref. 41299).
Biology:  Inhabit coastal waters and estuaries (Ref. 2113). Found in muddy or muddy-sandy bottoms shallower than 120 m depth (Ref. 43239). Feed on crustaceans and fishes.
IUCN Red List Status: Critically Endangered (CR); Date assessed: 30 June 2016 (A2bd) Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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