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Eugerres brevimanus
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Eugerres brevimanus
Eucinostomus entomelas
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Eucinostomus entomelas

Eucinostomus gracilis
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Eucinostomus gracilis
Diapterus
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Diapterus

Diapterus aureolus
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Diapterus aureolus
Diapterus aureolus
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Diapterus aureolus

Diapterus peruvianus
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Diapterus peruvianus
Gerres
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Gerres

Gerres simillimus
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Gerres simillimus
Gerres simillimus
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Gerres simillimus

Eugerres axillaris
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Eugerres axillaris
Eugerres periche
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Eugerres periche

Eugerres periche
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Eugerres periche
Eugerres lineatus
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Eugerres lineatus

Gerreidae
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Gerreidae
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Overview
Main identification features
  • compressed body,pointed snout
  • 1d
  • silvery
  • mouth very protractible,lower jaw concave
  • dorsal and anal finswith scaly sheaths
FAMILY GERREIDAE

MOJARRAS

These are silvery fishes with moderately deep to somewhat slender, compressed bodies and a distinctive concave ventral profile to the head; the mouth is very protractile, extending downward when protruded; the teeth of the jaws are tiny and brush-like and there are none on the roof of the mouth; there is a single dorsal fin, elevated anteriorly, and the dorsal and anal fins fold into a scaly sheath at their base; the scales are large and finely rough.

These fishes occur on sand or mud bottoms, frequently in brackish environments. A few species are regularly seen on the sandy margin of reefs. Gerreids are predators of buried organisms which they capture by plunging their protrusible mouth into the sediment, afterwards ejecting the sand through the gill openings. Food items include polychaete worms and small crustaceans.

Gerreids are distributed circumglobally in tropical to temperate areas. There are about 40 species in eight genera, with 11 species (10 endemics and one neotropical) from four genera in our region.


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