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Species: Eugerres plumieri, Striped mojarra

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upper head profile curved
spiny D: rear edge straight, spine II reaches base ray 1-4
LL 37 (35-41)
snout groove: no scales
lower gill rakers 14 (13-17)
A III, 8; spine II not past C base

Eugerres plumieri (Cuvier in Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1830)

Striped mojarra

Body deep, rhomboidal; upper head profile gently curved; the lower profile of the head distinctively concave; the mouth is highly extensible, pointing downward when protruded; jaws appear toothless but have tiny, brush-like teeth; lower border of preopercle serrated; bone under front of eye with serrated border; teeth inside throat all pointed; 14 (13-17) lower gill rakers; one dorsal fin, elevated at front, IX, 2nd spine > distance between tip of snout and rear of eye, reaches to base of rays 1-4, rear edge of spiny dorsal straight; anal fin III, 8 (8-9), 2nd spine thick, long, very strong, reaches past center of tail base, but not past tail fin base; pectoral fin long and pointed; tail fin deeply forked; scales large, conspicuous and finely rough, covering most of head and body; dorsal and anal fins fold into a high scaly sheath along their bases; 37 (35-41) pored lateral line scales;  longitudinal groove on center of snout scaleless.

Body silver, with greenish blue tinges on back; conspicuous dark lines along centers of scale rows.

Size: to 40 cm.

Habitat: in shallow coastal areas and lagoons, mangroves, often in freshwater.

Depth: 0-30 m?

S Carolina to Colombia.

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  • Non Marine
  • Brackish
  • Freshwater
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Mud
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Soft bottom only
  • Mangrove
  • Freshwater
  • Estuary
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Sand & gravel
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Insects
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • All species
  • Extends North of GC
  • GC endemic
  • Continent
  • Island (s)
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 40
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 30