Seminole Killifish

FISH PROFILE

COMMON NAME

Seminole Killifish

Scientific name

Fundulus seminolis

FAMILY

 Fundulidae family

LENGTH

4-16 inches

DIET

Insect larvae, plant seeds, fish eggs, small crustaceans

FISH PROFILE

COMMON NAME

Seminole Killifish

Scientific name

Mugil cephalus

FAMILY

 Fundulidae family

LENGTH

4-16 inches

DIET

Insect larvae, plant seeds, fish eggs, small crustaceans

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Seminole killifish are silver-green and often have many horizontal rows of small black spots. Females may have faint green bars, but in many fish, these colors, spots, and bars may be difficult to see and you must depend on other characteristics to identify. They have rounded fins, a slender body and upturned mouths. They can reach up to 6.5” long but are typically between 4-6”.

RANGE, HABITAT, and BEHAVIOR

Seminole killifish are unique to Florida and live in lakes and quiet spring pools throughout the state from Peninsular Florida to just below Lake Okeechobee. They are often found in schools near shallows or vegetation and are benthopelagic, meaning that they typically swim mid-water or close to the bottom.

FUN FACTS

The name Fundulus comes from the Latin word fundus meaning “bottom”. Which is something of a misnomer as they are in the same family as the topminnows and are often seen towards the mid to upper parts of the water column. 

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