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Species: Citharichthys uhleri, Voodoo Whiff

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body deep
eye small, between eyes narrow + crest
D ~68; A ~52
eye-side many small white flecks
LL straight, 52-55

Citharichthys uhleri Jordan in Jordan & Goss, 1889

Voodoo Whiff

Body relatively deep (43-49% of SL); snout not projecting, nape convex and part of the body profile; eyes on left side, close-set, separated by a narrow, concave ridge; mouth medium length (upper jaw 39-44% of head length), ends under lower eye; teeth ~equally developed on both sides of jaws, fixed teeth in 1 series on each jaw, front teeth enlarged, no canines; gill rakers long and slender, 5+12-13; dorsal rays ~68, length of 1st dorsal ray 22-29% of head length; anal rays ~52; pectoral fin on both sides of body, with branched rays; pelvic fins symmetrically positioned on belly, base of eye-side fin on body midline, short bases, 6 rays; urinary papilla on blind side, immediately behind anus; lateral line well developed on both sides, eye-side line ~straight, from edge of opercle to tail base, no branch under lower eye; scales smooth to weakly rough; 52-55 lateral line scales.

Grey-brown, with many small white flecks on eye side; dorsal and anal fins often with 6-7 black spots in a row along inner half of fin.

Reaches 16.1 cm.

Lives on soft bottoms; common in estuaries and moves 20 km up into freshwater in coastal streams at altitudes of 60 m.

Depth range: 1-10 m.

The southern Gulf of Mexico to the SW Caribbean.

Note: may be conspecific with C. arenaceus.

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  • Brackish
  • Freshwater
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Beach
  • Estuary
  • Freshwater
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 16.1
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 10