Inland Silverside

Menidia beryllina

Image by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pacific Southwest Region on Flickr, public domain

Physical: The Inland Silverside is approximately 3 inches long. The edge of the anal (underside) fin is strongly curved, usually containing 16-19 vertical lines.

Habitat: It ranges from Massachusetts to Florida and around the Gulf of Mexico and is found in coastal fresh and tidal waters, found in large schools.

Feeding: Silversides eat microcrustaceans and aquatic and land insects.

Breeding: Spawning in the silverside occurs in May and June. There are about 450-785 eggs. When the eggs are released they attach to objects in the water where they remain until they hatch.

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