Evorthodus lyricus

top: male
bottom: female
photos by J. Van Tassell
Melbourne, FL


IDENTIFICATION

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Fins - D1 - VI, filamentous in males and` females, longest in males may reach caudal peduncle;

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Color - Background color light tan in females and immatures to greenish tan in mature males. Top of head and back darker than sides, ventral surface cream. Sides with 5-6 black vertical bars, interrupted at midside by a blotch, then jogging anteroventrally. Side of head with three black bars running dorsally and posteriorly from the jaw, the first bar under the eye, the second bar from the upper surface of the maxilla. Opercle with a black spot in the center, at the level of the end of the maxilla. A black humeral spot present at the upper edge of the opercle, extending down onto the upper part of the pectoral fin base. Pectoral fin with 4-5 vertical dark bars, the distal part dusky. Anal fin disky. First dorsal fin with one or two distinct black spots between the last three spines. The second dorsal fin has two distinct black spots between the first and second rays, the remainder of the fin is dusky. Caudal fin generally dusky, the base with a black, diamond-shaped spot with a light center. Mature males with 2 orange horizontal stripes on the caudal fin, originating from the top and bottom of the black diamond, with three black "dashes" above the upper orange stripe (Greenfield + 1997)

Distribution - Chesapeake Bay to Florida, Gulf of Mexico, and Greater Antilles to N South America; absent from Bahamas

Habitat - Muddy areas of bays and estuaries; enters fresh water

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