Distinguishing characteristics: Females have 2-3 horizontal black stripes along the side and vertical bars near the tail. Males have 15-20 vertical bars along the side. Long snout. Olive colored on the dorsal service.http://www.crosswordfiend.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/fundulusmajalis.jpg
In the Wild
- Habitat: High salinity tidal creeks and grass beds.
- Diet: Worms, insects and small crustaceans and mollusks.
- Predators: As a forage fish, they are prey to a lot of different fish in the Bay.
- Size: Up to 8 inches with females being larger than males.
- Breeding: Spawning from April to September after age two. Can lay 200-800 eggs.
- Life Span: 6-7 years
In the Aquatics Lab
- Diet: squid and brine shrimp
- Size: 3-4”
- Quantity: 3
- Virginia Regulations: There are no regulations concerning minimum size limits nor possession limit.
- Commercial Uses: They are caught for use as bait.