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Species: Lagodon rhomboides, the Pinfish

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oval
narrow blue stripes
dark blotch start of LL
D: 1st spine small, projects forwards
teeth: front - notched incisors, side 2 rows molars

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Lagodon rhomboides (Linnaeus, 1766)

Pinfish

Body deep, oval, compressed; head deep, snout pointed; rear nostril oval shaped; mouth small, opens at front; bone under front of eye overlaps rear bone of top jaw; both jaws with 8 flattened, broad, deeply notched incisors at front, 2 (2-3) rows of molar-like teeth at sides; margin of preopercle smooth; dorsal fin low, XIII, 12, 1st spine small, forward-pointing, sometimes buried under skin; anal fin III, 11; pectoral longer than pelvic; tail forked; cheeks and opercles scaly, but no scales on snout or between the eye and mouth.

Body silvery olive; with blue stripes that are narrower than interspaces; a blackish spot near origin of lateral line; 6 diffuse dark bars on body; anal fin yellow, with broad light blue margin; pectoral and tail fins yellow.

Reaches 40 cm.

Typically found on vegetated bottoms, occasionally on rocky bottoms and mangroves; enters brackish to freshwater.

Depth range: 1-20 m.

Cape Cod to the central Caribbean.


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Brackish
  • Freshwater
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
Habitat
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Rocks
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Mangrove
  • Estuary
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Freshwater
  • Sand & gravel
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Submerged vegetation
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Planktivore
  • Detritivore
  • Data
  • Omnivore
Diet
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Detritus
  • Bony fishes
  • Sponges/seasquirts/bryozoa
  • Benthic microalgae
  • Zooplankton
  • Benthic macroalgae/seagrasses
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continent
  • GC non-endemic
  • Extends North of GC
  • Island (s)
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Temperate (>35N)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 40
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 20