Physical: The pinfish has a silvery body, blue and yellow horizontal stripes, and yellow fins. There is also a dark spot behind the gill cover. It gets its name from the sharp spines in its dorsal and anal fins. Adults grow to about 8 in (20.3 cm).
Habitat: Their range is Massachusetts south to Bermuda, northern Gulf of Mexico, and the Yucatán Peninsula. They prefer a vegetated bottom, including mangroves.
Feeding: Pinfishes eat crustaceans, molluscs, worms, and small fishes. They are sometimes used as bait fish.
Breeding: Spawning season takes place in the winter, from December through February. Females can lay anywhere from 7,000-90,000 eggs.
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