Many members of the family are food or game fishes. Among the better-known species are the channel bass, or red drum a large, reddish species of the western Atlantic Ocean; the white seabass of the eastern Pacific; the freshwater drum, a silvery, lake-and-river fish of the Americas; the kingfish, or whiting, of the Atlantic, notable among drums in that it lacks an air bladder; and the sea drum, or black drum, a gray or coppery red, western Atlantic fish.

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