Atlantic Silverside

Atlantic Silverside

Menidia menidia


  • Distinguishing characteristics: It is one of the most common fish in the Chesapeake Bay and in the Barnegat Bay.


In the Wild

  • Habitat: It lives places ranging from the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Canada to northeastern Florida in USA.
  • Diet: Crustaceans, algae, annelid worms, shrimp, zooplankton, copepods, amphipods, squid, and insects.
  • Predators:  Striped Bass and Blue Fish
  • Size:  6 inches
  • Breeding:  Reach maturity at 1 year.  Spawning dependent on moon phase.  Eggs are attached to marsh grass or algae.
  • Life Span:  2 yrs



In the Aquatics Lab

  • Diet:  Brine Shrimp
  • Size:  3 Inches long
  • Quantity:  1



Other information

  • Virginia Regulations:  None
  • Commercial Uses:  None


“Menidia Menidia Summary Page.” FishBase. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 June 2014

“Main Page.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 28 June 2014. Web. 28 June 2014.

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