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STRIPPED WEAKFISH » Cynoscion striatus

Skinless fillets whiting few thorns.

Other common names in Latin America:
Argentina: whiting network
Brazil: maría mole
Uruguay: Pescadilla shedding
Common name in English: Stripped weakfish

External distinguishing characteristics:
Fusiform body, covered with large scales regular, ctenoideas. The lateral line is parallel to the line back up to the middle of the second dorsal fin, approximately, then continues along the midline of the sides and ends on the wing flow.
Head contained more than 3 times in total length. Rather pointed snout due to mild prognathism of the lower jaw. Nrinas regular size, very close to the eyes. Without barbels. Big eyes, contained 5-6 times the length of the head. V-split dorsal fin, forming two adjacent ridges, the first radios thorny only, the second with a radio and other thorny soft. Truncated flow. Anal short finished ahead of the level of termination of the ridge. The pectorals are inserted at the edge of the operculum, slightly below the average. the ventral originate below the chest, ending at the same level.Coloring. Bluish gray back of the body to clarify the flanks, with dark streaks Accompanying oblique series of scales, abdominal whitish. Dorsal and caudal fins dark gray, pectoral, ventral and anal clearer.

Distinction of similar species in the area:
It differs from the real snake, Macrodon ancylodon, mainly because the pattern of staining and shape of the tail fin.

The maximum size is around 65 cm. The most common size in the catch landed ranging between 35 and 45 cm.

Other biological data:
This species presents a major start in spring and autumn a secondary. The size of first maturity no difference between the sexes and is close to 32 cm. Eggs are pelagic and spherical, with oil drop. The diet of the snake is variable: the young are fed mainly on crustaceans (white shrimp, shrimp, prawn breeding) and less fish, such as anchoíta. As the snake grows these organisms in the diet are replaced by fish to become dominant. Among them are anchoíta, surel, anchovies, etc.. As food ocacional squid have also been observed. It is a relatively long, reaches 20 years of age.

Geographical distribution and behavior:
Inhabits year from Rio de Janeiro Brazil to Argentina. It is a demersal fish, which can both live brackish water and estuarine environments typically amrinos.

Size of the resource:

Fishing fleet and gear catch:
Is captured by the three fleets, with the highest incidence of coastal trawl of background.

Ways to use:
It was marketed as the filet, the external market for frozen and fresh inside.