Striped killifish

Striped killifish

Fundulus majalis


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.



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

Other information

  • Virginia Regulations: There are no regulations concerning minimum size limits nor possession limit.
  • Commercial Uses: They are caught for use as bait.

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