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Species: Gerres cinereus, Yellowfin mojarra

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body deep
snout: scales do not extend before eye
D: 2nd spine =/< distance snout to rear edge eye
7-8 dark bars
preopercle smooth



Gerres cinereus (Walbaum, 1792)

Yellowfin mojarra

Body moderately deep (depth 2.3- 2.7 in SL); lower profile of 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 smooth; bone under front of eye with smooth border; teeth inside throat all pointed; dorsal rays IX, 10, elevated at front, 2nd spine < distance between tip of snout and rear of eye; anal fin III, 7, 2nd spine not enlarged; pectoral fin long (usually passes anal fin origin) pointed; tail fin deeply forked; scales large, conspicuous and finely rough, covering most of head and body; scales on forehead do not extend in front of eye; dorsal and anal fins fold into a high scaly sheath along their bases; lateral-line scales 39-44.

Silvery white with about 7-8 faint dark bars on side; pelvic and anal fins yellow.

Maximum size about 41 cm.

Inhabits sand bottoms adjacent to reefs; also entering brackish estuaries.

Depth: 0-30 m?

Bermuda to Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Brackish
  • Freshwater
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Sand & gravel
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Mud
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Estuary
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Sea-stars/cucumbers/urchins
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Sessile worms
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Data
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • All species.
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Island (s)
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC non-endemic
  • All species..
  • Also in Brazil
  • Extends South of GC
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 41
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 30