drumfish ( Sciaenidae )

Pronunciation key

( drumfish )


n. [pl. DRUMFISH, DRUMFISHES (-iz) see FISH].

A variety of saltwater and freshwater fishes that make a drumming noise.

Taxonomic Hierarchy
Drumfish, Sciaenidae
Redfish, Puppy Drum, Drum, Channel Bass
(Sciaenops ocellatus)
Kingdom Animalia – Animal, animals
Phylum Chordata – chordates
Subphylum Vertebrata – vertebrates
Superclass Osteichthyes – bony fishes
Class Actinopterygii – ray-finned fishes, spiny rayed fishes
Subclass Neopterygii – neopterygians
Infraclass Teleostei
Superorder Acanthopterygii
Order Perciformes – perch-like fishes
Suborder Percoidei
Family Sciaenidae – drums and croakers
Direct Children:
Genus Aplodinotus Rafinesque, 1819 – river drums, thunderpumpers, freshwater drums
Genus Argyrosomus De la Pylaie, 1835
Genus Aspericorvina Fowler, 1934
Genus Atractoscion Gill, 1862
Genus Atrobucca Chu, Lo and Wu, 1963
Genus Austronibea Trewavas, 1977
Genus Bahaba Herre, 1935
Genus Bairdiella Gill, 1861 – mademoiselle, striped croakers
Genus Boesemania Trewavas, 1977
Genus Cheilotrema Tschudi, 1846
Genus Chrysochir Trewavas and Yazdani, 1966
Genus Cilus Delfin, 1900
Genus Collichthys Günther, 1860
Genus Corvula Jordan and Eigenmann, 1889
Genus Ctenosciaena Fowler and Bean, 1923
Genus Cynoscion Gill, 1861 – sea trout, weak fishes, seatrouts
Genus Daysciaena Talwar, 1970
Genus Dendrophysa Trewavas, 1964
Genus Elattarchus Jordan and Evermann, 1896
Genus Equetus Rafinesque, 1815 – ribbonfishes
Genus Genyonemus Gill, 1861
Genus Isopisthus Gill, 1862
Genus Johnius Bloch, 1793 – maigres, maigres
Genus Kathala Mohan, 1969
Genus Larimichthys Jordan and Starks, 1905
Genus Larimus Cuvier in Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1830
Genus Leiostomus Lacepède, 1802 – spots
Genus Lonchurus Bloch, 1793
Genus Macrodon Schinz, 1822
Genus Macrospinosa Mohan, 1969
Genus Megalonibea Chu, Lo and Wu, 1963
Genus Menticirrhus Gill, 1861 – kingfishes, weakfishes
Genus Micropogonias Bonaparte, 1831 – finebarbel croakers
Genus Miichthys Lin, 1938
Genus Miracorvina Trewavas, 1962
Genus Nebris Cuvier in Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1830
Genus Nibea Jordan and Thompson, 1911
Genus Odontoscion Gill, 1862
Genus Ophioscion Gill, 1863
Genus Otolithes Oken, 1817
Genus Otolithoides Fowler, 1933
Genus Pachypops Gill, 1861
Genus Pachyurus Agassiz in Spix and Agassiz, 1831
Genus Panna Mohan, 1969
Genus Paralonchurus Bocourt, 1869
Genus Paranebris Chao, Béarez and Robertson, 2001
Genus Paranibea Trewavas, 1977
Genus Pareques Gill in Goode, 1876
Genus Pennahia Fowler, 1926
Genus Pentheroscion Trewavas, 1962
Genus Petilipinnis Casatti, 2002
Genus Plagioscion Gill, 1861
Genus Pogonias Lacepède, 1801 – black drums
Genus Protonibea Trewavas, 1971
Genus Protosciaena Sasaki, 1989
Genus Pseudotolithus Bleeker, 1863
Genus Pteroscion Fowler, 1925
Genus Pterotolithus Fowler, 1933
Genus Roncador Jordan and Gilbert, 1880
Genus Sciaena Linnaeus, 1758 – black drums, black drums
Genus Sciaenops Gill, 1863 – red drums
Genus Seriphus Ayres, 1860
Genus Sonorolux Trewavas, 1977
Genus Stellifer Oken, 1817
Genus Totoaba Villamar, 1980
Genus Umbrina Cuvier, 1816 – croakers, roncadores


  • Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language (College Edition) ©1955
  • Sciaenidae, Taxonomic Serial No.: 169237
  • Red Drum, Redfish, Puppy Drum, Drum, Channel Bass (Sciaenops ocellatus)
  • Red Drum - a.k.a. Channel Bass, Redfish, or Puppy Drum
  • Sciaenidae make species-specific drumming sounds during courtship of the females at locations where spawning occurs.
  • Black Drum | Ocean Conservation Research “Drum” is a broad colloquial name used in many English speaking areas to name various fish under the Sciaenidae family that make “drumming” sounds.
  • Croakers and Drums named for repetitive throbbing or drumming sounds they make.
  • Sound production behaviour in a marine croaker fish, The teleost family-Sciaenidae, collectively known as the croakers and drums because of their ability for making sound.
  • Sciaenidae Drums are so called because of the deep, reverberating sound they make.
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