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Pinfish Lagodon rhomboides


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Family: Sparidae, Porgies view all from this family

Description The pinfish, Lagodon rhomboides, is a saltwater fish of the Sparidae family (commonly called breams and porgies). It inhabits mostly subtropical shallow coastal waters of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States and Mexico.

The pinfish is a small fish, growing only to about 4.5 in (11.4 cm). Both males and females have a silvery sheen all over, five to six vertical bars on the side. They have an olive back, with yellow and white pigmentation and blue, green, and purple iridescence. Its anterior dorsal fin has 12 rigid, spiny rays capable of superficially puncturing human skin (hence the common name pinfish) giving way posteriorally to 12 more short soft rays.

Dimensions Up to 15" (38 cm).

Habitat Ocean or bay shallows, Estuaries, tidal flats & salt marshes, Tidepools.

Range New England, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Florida.