Common name: Spotfin Mojarra
Synonyms and Other Names: silver mojarra
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Identification: Miller and Lea (1972); Eschmeyer et al. (1983); Fischer et al. (1995).
Size: 20 cm.
Native Range: Marine; Anaheim Bay in southern California to Peru (Miller and Lea 1972; Eschmeyer et al. 1983; Fischer et al. 1995) in the Pacific; New Jersey, Bermuda, and northern Gulf of Mexico to southeastern Brazil (Ramirez-Hernández and Gonzales Pages 1976; Robins and Ray 1986) in the Atlantic.
Introduced into Salton Sea, California, in 1950 and 1951 (Walker et al. 1961; Dill and Cordone 1997).
Table 1. States with nonindigenous occurrences, the earliest and latest observations in each state, and the tally and names of HUCs with observations†. Names and dates are hyperlinked to their relevant specimen records. The list of references for all nonindigenous occurrences of Eucinostomus argenteus are found here.
Table last updated 1/24/2021
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: Intentionally stocked four times during 1950-1951. Two of those stockings contained only one fish; a third one contained less than 12. All stock was obtained from San Felipe, Mexico (Walker et al. 1961).
Status: The introduction failed to produce a viable population and the species is extirpated in the Salton Sea.
Impact of Introduction: The impacts of this species are currently unknown, as no studies have been done to determine how it has affected ecosystems in the invaded range. The absence of data does not equate to lack of effects. It does, however, mean that research is required to evaluate effects before conclusions can be made.
References: (click for full references)
Dill, W.A., and A.J. Cordone. 1997. History and status of introduced fises in California, 1871-1996. Calilfornia Department of Fish and Game. Fish Bulletin 178.
Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald, and H. Hamann. 1983. A field guide to Pacific Coast fishes of North America. Peterson Field Guide Series. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, MA.
Fischer, W., F. Krupp, W. Schneider, C. Sommer, K.E. Carpenter, and V.H. Niem. 1995. Guía FAO para la identificatión de especies para los fines de la pesca. Pacifico centro-oriental. Volumen II. Vertebrados - Parte 1. Vol. II: 647-1200. Roma, FAO.
Miller, D.J., and R.N. Lea. 1972. Guide to the coastal marine fishes of California. Fish Bulletin of the California Department of Fish and Game 157:1-235.
Ramirez-Hernández, E. and A. Gonzales Pages. 1976. Catalogo de peces marinos Mexicanos. Mexico, D. F.: Secretaría de Industia y Comercio, Instituto Nacional de Pesca.
Robins, C.R., and G.C. Ray. 1986. A field guide to Atlantic Coast fishes of North America. The Peterson Guide Series, volume 32. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA.
Walker, B.W., R.R. Whitney, and G.W. Barlow. 1961. Fishes of the Salton Sea. 77-92 in B.W. Walker, ed. The ecology of the Salton Sea, California, in relation to the sport fishery of California. Fish Bulletin of the California Department of Fish and Game 113.
Revision Date: 4/30/2018
Peer Review Date: 6/19/2000
Fuller, P., 2021, Eucinostomus argenteus Baird and Girard in Baird, 1855: U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=705, Revision Date: 4/30/2018, Peer Review Date: 6/19/2000, Access Date: 1/25/2021
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