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The Sciaenidae are a family of fish commonly called drums or croakers in reference to the repetitive throbbing or drumming sounds they make. The family includes the weakfish, and consists of about 275 species in about 70 genera; it belongs to the order Perciformes.


  • General 

  • Characteristics 

  • Croaking mechanism 

  • Genera and selected species 

  • Timeline of genera