Cynoscion microlepidotus

Common Name

Smallscale Weakfish

Year Described

Cuvier, 1830


Dorsal Fin: X; 1, 22-25
Anal Fin: II, 8-10
Pectoral Fin:
Gill Rakers: 8-11 (first arch)


Body gray above and silvery on the flanks and belly. No obvious spots. Fins dusky yellow. Spiny dorsal fin with a dark tip. Caudal fin darker than other fins.


Maximum size to 95cm TL.


Shallow coastal waters (1-30m) and estuaries over soft bottoms.


Colombia to S. Brazil (continental coasts only).


Chao, N.L. 2002. Sciaenidae (pp. 1583-1653). In: Carpenter. 2002. The living marine resources of the Western Central Atlantic. Vol. 3: Bony fishes part 2 (Opistognathidae to Molidae). FAO Species Identification Guides for Fisheries Purposes. American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Special Publication No. 5. FAO of the U.N., Rome.