Mojarra

FISH PROFILE

COMMON NAME

Mojarra

Scientific name

Eucinostomus harengulus

FAMILY

Gerreidae

LENGTH

10 to 15 centimeters

DIET

Shrimp, plants, invertebrates

FISH PROFILE

COMMON NAME

Mojarra

Scientific name

Eucinostomus harengulus

FAMILY

Gerreidae

LENGTH

10 to 15 centimeters

DIET

Shrimp, plants, invertebrates

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Mojarras are silver fishes with compressed bodies and deeply forked caudal fins. They are distinguished by their protruding mouths. Their jaws, when opened, form an extended tube to probe soft sandy bottoms when feeding. Their maximum length is about 15 inches, but most species do not attain lengths greater than 10 inches.

RANGE, HABITAT, and BEHAVIOR

Mojarras are typically found in tropical and warm temperate regions. They are primarily found in estuaries on vegetated bottoms, and mangroves with sand and mud bottoms, but also inhabit freshwater areas. Most species travel in large schools to avoid large predators. They are abundant in American tropics and the East Indian region. Their diet consists of shrimp, plants and invertebrates

FUN FACTS

There are about 53 species of mojarra found worldwide. The tidewater mojarra, Eucinostomus harengulus, is the most common mojarra in Florida’s freshwater springs, although other species of mojarra may be present as well. Mojarra are sometimes used as snook bait by fishermen.

 

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