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Florida Manatee & Aquatic Center Animal Fact Sheet
PINFISH
Lagodon rhomboides

Range:
Coastal water from Cape Cod (MA) to the Gulf of Mexico, the north coast of Cuba to the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico, and Bermuda.

The Pinfish is also known as bream, Pin Perch, Sand Perch, and Butterfish.
The Pinfish is known for its olive back, bluish sides and yellow stripes. Overall, the Pinfish is made up of a silvery shine and yellow fins. This species of fish also has distinctive black spots behind the gill cover, a small mouth, and incisor-like teeth. They have six broad vertical dark bars along both sides of the body.

The Pinfish is considered to be euryhaline because it spends the majority of its life in the estuaries. They prefer water that is high in saline and have been found in hypersaline areas.




Habitat: The Pinfish is more of an independent fish rarely observed swimming in schools. They are most active during the day over seagrass beds, rocky bottoms, jetties, pilings, and in mangrove areas; however, they have been observed during the night hours as well.
Diet: Carnivores: shrimp, fish eggs, insect larvae, Polychaete worms, amphipods; adults also eat plant material.
Status: Not Evaluated
Approximate Dimensions of Adult: Length: up to 4.5 inches
Lifespan: Up to 7 years
Reproduction & Offspring:

Spawning or breeding season occurs during the fall and winter near the surface in offshore waters. The female releases her eggs for the male to fertilize. On average, after 48 hours, anywhere from 7 thousand to 90 thousand eggs will hatch. Like many other species of fish, the Pinfish does not protect their larva.


 

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