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Genus: Menidia, Silversides


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snout: no sensory pits, tubes, pores
D1 IV-VI, origin before A origin
pelvic axillary scale absent/<1/4 fin

MENIDIA

SILVERSIDES

Slender, elongate, compressed; top of snout without pits, pores or tubes; top jaw extendible, premaxilla with rear end greatly expanded, without expanded bony process above its center; teeth well developed, in bands; first dorsal IV-VI spines, origin well before origin of anal; pelvics inserted nearer pectoral base than anal origin; pelvic fin either without a large scale at side or with one <1/4 length of fin; scales without scalloped edges.

A NW Atlantic genus with 10 species; 7 of which occur in our region.

A NW Atlantic genus with 10 species; 7 of which occur in our region.