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Becker, George C. / Fishes of Wisconsin
(1983)

Drum family - sciaenidae,   pp. 955-962 PDF (3.4 MB)


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956   Drum Family-Sciaenidae 
               Most species of the drum family have a complicated swim bladder
with 
             special muscles and tendons that are capable of producing audible
sounds 
             when vibrated against the bladder. The few species lacking the
swim 
             bladder sink to the bottom when they are not actually swimming,
and 
             are, of course, voiceless. 
               The drum family contains many species which reach a large
size, and 
             which are highly valued as food and sport fishes. The sea trout,
the salt- 
             water drums, the croakers, and the kingfishes are the saltwater
counter- 
             parts of the freshwater centrarchids. They are easily caught,
and are 
             among the most edible of fishes. 


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