Atlantic Croaker (Micropogonias undulatus)

Atlantic croaker

The Atlantic croaker (Micropogonias undulatus) is common in South Carolina estuaries in the spring and summer.

The Atlantic croaker is common in South Carolina estuaries (where rivers meet the sea) in the spring and summer. During this time, juveniles are often found in the flooded salt marsh—where they find food and refuge—while adults are often found in deep tidal creeks. The Atlantic croaker feeds on worms, crustaceans, and smaller fish, and is eaten by various larger fish. The Atlantic croaker is harvested recreationally in South Carolina.