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Species: Menidia clarkhubbsi, Texas Silverside

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D origin before anus
D2 usually 8
distance D1 to A < 7% (1.2-8.3 %) SL
females only
A 16-18

Menidia clarkhubbsi Echelle & Mosier, 1982

Texas Silverside

Slender, elongate, compressed; eye large; snout shorter than eye, without pits, pores or tubes on top; top jaw extendible, premaxilla with rear end greatly expanded, without expanded bony process above its center; teeth well developed, in bands; first dorsal IV, origin before anus; soft dorsal usually 8 rays; horizontal distance between 1st dorsal and anal usually <7% of SL; anal fin I, 16-18, its margin strongly concave; pelvics inserted nearer pectoral base than anal origin; scales without scalloped edges; lateral scales 37-41.

Greenish above, pale below; a prominent silver stripe along side.

Reaches 10 cm.

Shallow nearshore areas, including coastal ponds.

Depth range: 0-5 m.

NW Gulf of Mexico.

M. clarkhubbsi is the result of hybridization between M. beryllina and M. peninsulae and is thus not a true species.

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  • Brackish
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Mid Water
  • Near Surface
  • Surface
  • Water column only
  • Water column
  • Estuary
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • GC endemic
  • Gulf of Mexico endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 10
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 5