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Near Indianola, Texas (Baird and Girard 1853).
Etymology/Derivation of Scientific Name
Hydrargyra similis Baird and Girard (1853).
Fundulus similis insularis
Fundulus similis Nelson et al. 2004:217.
Coloration: Body with about 10 dark bars, the last with dark spot dorsally; body without a distinct dark lateral band (Hubbs et al. 2008).
Counts: 31-39 longitudinal scale rows (Hubbs et al. 2008).
Body shape: Eye goes more than 1.5 times in snout; distance from origin of dorsal fin to end of hypural plate less than distance from origin of dorsal fin to preopercle or occasionally about equal to that distance (Hubbs et al. 2008).
External morphology: Gill slit extending dorsal to uppermost pectoral fin ray (Hubbs et al. 2008).
Distribution (Native and Introduced)
U.S. distribution: Most commonly found in coastal waters from northeastern Florida to northeastern Mexico, however, individuals may penetrate short distances upstream in coastal rivers (Hubbs et al. 2008).
Texas distribution: May travel short distances upstream in coastal rivers (Hubbs et al. 2008).
Abundance/Conservation status (Federal, State, NGO)
Macrohabitat: Marine (Hubbs et al. 2008).
Age at maturation:
Growth and Population structure:
Phylogeny and morphologically similar fishes
Commercial or Environmental Importance
Baird, S.F., and C. Girard. 1853. Descriptions of new species of fishes collected by Mr. John H. Clark, on the U. S. and Mexican Boundary Survey, under Lt. Col. Jas. D. Graham. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 6(7):387-390.
Hubbs, C., R.J. Edwards, and G.P. Garrett. 2008. An annotated checklist of the freshwater fishes of Texas, with keys to identification of species. Texas Journal of Science, Supplement, 2nd edition 43(4):1-87.
Motta, P.J., K.B. Clifton, P. Hernandez, and B.T. Eggold. 1995. Feeding relationships among nine species of seagrass fishes of Tampa Bay, Florida. Bulletin of Marine Science 56(1):185-200.
Nelson, J.S., E.J. Crossman, H. Espinoza-Perez, L.T. Findley, C.R. Gilbert, R.N. Lea, and J.D. Williams. 2004. Common and Scientific Names of Fishes from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. American Fisheries Society, Special Publication 29, Bethesda, Maryland.
Relyea, K. 1983. A systematic study of two species complexes of the genus Fundulus (Pisces: Cyorinodontidae). Bulletin of the Florida State Museum. Biological Sciences. 29(1):1-64.