Goode and Bean 1879
The tidewater mojarra is a member of the mojarra family. It has a slender fusiform body and a pointed snout. The ventral margin of the head below the mouth is concave, and this species has a protrusible and subterminal mouth with a smooth preopercle. The tidewater mojarra has a silver body that is darker dorsally with irregular bars on the back extending to the side, and there are spots along the side. The head is heavily scaled except for a scaleless pit between the eyes that’s surrounded by scales laterally and posteriorly, but is open anteriorly to the scaleless snout. 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 — Native freshwater
- Florida Distribution — Western and North Central drainages, the Gulf Coast, South Florida and the Atlantic Coast