Eugerres plumieri
(Cuvier 1830)
Family Gerreidae

Lateral view of a tidewater mojarra
This tidewater mojarra was collected in Lee County, Florida in 2015. It is now part of the Florida Museum ichthyology collection, UF 238073. Florida Museum photo by Zachary Randall

The striped mojarra is a member of the mojarra family. It has a deep rhomboidal body and pointed snout, and the ventral edge of preorbital bone and posterior edge of the preopercle are serrate. This species has large pharyngeal teeth with those furthest down the throat being molarlike. The body is silver, darker dorsally and has scales on the side that are boldly striped in brown or black. There is a second anal spine is longer than the anal fin base. The tidewater mojarra is a marine species that enters a variety of nearshore water bodies, including rivers, creeks, canals and ditches. This species is found only over sandy or muddy substrate.

Status & distribution

  • Status — Marine invader
  • Florida Distribution — the Gulf Coast, South Florida and the Atlantic Coast
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