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Species: Jordanella floridae, the Flagfish

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D 14-18, 1st ray spine-like
A 11-13
C 17-21 rays
teeth - 3 pointed
pectoral 14-16
slightly enlarged scale behind operculum

Jordanella floridae Goode & Bean, 1879

Flagfish

Body relatively deep and chubby; head flattened; snout short and blunt; front nostril not tubular; covering of eye not continuous with skin of head;  mouth wide, oblique, at front, protrusible; teeth 3-pointed, middle point longest, in a single row; dorsal fin with 1st ray short, thickened and spine-like, short based, 14-18 rays, at mid-body, its origin before anal fin origin; anal fin with 11-13 branched rays; pectoral fin short, 14-16 rays, low on side; pelvics small, 6 rays, on belly well behind pectoral base; tail fin bluntly rounded, 17-21 principal rays;  body with large, smooth scales, 25-27 lateral rows; head scaly; slightly enlarged scale just behind upper corner of operculum; lateral line reduced to a series of pits along side of body.

Olivaceus, flank brassy to orange, pigment concentrated along rear edge of scales, forming well developed stripes in male; a dark vertical bar under eye; a large black spot on midflank under dorsal fin origin; juveniles and females with a small black ocellus at rear of dorsal fin; 4-5 dark bars or saddles on upper side.

Reaches 3.9 cm SL.

Shallow, heavily vegetated fresh to brackish water.

Depth range 0-1 m.

E and W coasts of Florida.


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Salinity
  • Brackish
  • Freshwater
  • Non Marine
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
Habitat
  • Estuary
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Freshwater
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Omnivore
  • Planktivore
  • Detritivore
Diet
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Zooplankton
  • Insects
  • Data
  • Detritus
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Benthic
  • No pelagic larva
  • No pelagic phase
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • All species
  • Continent
  • GC endemic
  • Continent only
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 3.9
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 1