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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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  • Marine
  • Brackish
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Mid Water
  • Water column only
  • Surface
  • Near Surface
  • Estuary
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • Planktivore
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Zooplankton
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • GC endemic
  • Continent only
  • Continent
  • Gulf of Mexico endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 10
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 5