Eucinostomus harengulus
Goode and Bean 1879
Family Gerreidae

Lateral view of the tidewater mojarra
This tidewater mojarra was collected in Gulf County, Florida in 2015. It is now part of the Florida Museum ichthyology collection, UF 238040. Florida Museum photo by Zachary Randall

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
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