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Drums

posted: 05/15/12
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Drums or croakers belong to the Sciaenidae family which includes about 70 genera and 270 species. They are bottom dwellers, found in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans. The dorsal fin is long and has a deep notch between the spinous and soft-rayed portions. Some species have barbels on the chin. They are generally found in schools and are carnivores, feeding on invertebrates and small fish. They get their common name from the sound they make using their swimbladder as a resonating chamber. Most species tend to be shy and peaceful. The juveniles of these species are popular aquarium fish, but can be difficult to maintain.

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