Eucinostomus gracilis (Gill, 1862)
Graceful mojarra
photo by FAO

Family:  Gerreidae (Mojarras)
Max. size:  21 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; freshwater; brackish; marine; depth range 1 - 50 m
Distribution:  Eastern Pacific: Anaheim Bay, southern California, USA to Peru.
Diagnosis:  Body fusiform, compressed, and slender (depth contained 3.2 to 3.6 times in standard length); jaws protrusible; edge of preopercle smooth; second anal spine short and thin; pelvic fin short (1.8 to 2.0 times in head length); body silvery, darker in the dorsal region; fins transparent except for tips of dorsal spines which are black (Ref. 55763).
Biology:  Found over soft bottoms of coastal waters, especially abundant in brackish waters (Ref. 9303). Feeds on crabs and shrimps (Ref. 37955). Depth range assumed (RF).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 25 May 2007 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 01.05.91
Modified by: Froese, Rainer - 15.09.15
Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 29.06.95

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