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Species: Eugerres awlae, Maracaibo Mojarra

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spiny D: spine II to rays 5-6, rear edge concave
16 (14-17) lower gill rakers
A III, 8, spine II passes C base
LL 37 (35-41)

Eugerres awlae Schultz, 1949

Maracaibo Mojarra

Body deep, rhomboidal; upper head profile ascends abruptly behind notch above rear of eye; 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; 16 (14-17) 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 5-6, rear edge of spiny dorsal concave; anal fin III, 8 (8-9), 2nd spine thick, long, very strong, reaches 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 34 cm.

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

Depth: 0-30 m?

The Gulf of Mexico to the southern Caribbean.

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  • Brackish
  • Freshwater
  • Hypersaline
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Beach
  • Estuary
  • Freshwater
  • Mangrove
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Omnivore
  • Data
  • Benthic microalgae
  • Insects
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean 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
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 34
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 30