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Species: Eugerres brevimanus, Short-fin mojarra

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thick fleshy lips
A: 2nd spine very thick

Eugerres brevimanus (Günther, 1864)

Short-fin mojarra

Body moderately deep (depth 40-45% of SL), compressed; upper head profile convex; lips noticeably swollen;  lower profile of head distinctively concave; mouth highly extensible, pointing downward when protruded; lower border of preopercle serrated; bone under front of eye with serrated border; teeth inside throat all pointed;  10-12 lower gill rakers;  dorsal fin IX, 9-10, elevated at front, 2nd  spine longer than distance between tip of snout and rear of eye; anal fin III, 8, second spine much enlarged, thick and robust, but not longer than 2nd  dorsal spine; pectoral short, not reaching past pelvics; tail 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.

Silvery white with narrow dark lines corresponding with longitudinal scale rows; pectoral, pelvic, and anal fins yellowish.

Maximum size about 28 cm.

Inhabits sand, mud, and rubble bottoms of coastal waters.

Depth: 0-30 m.

Central Mexico to Panama.

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  • Brackish
  • Marine
  • Freshwater
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Estuary
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Freshwater
  • Beach
  • Mud
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom only
FishBase Habitat
  • Bentho-Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent
  • Mexican + Panamic provinces endemic
  • Continent only
  • All species
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 28
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 30