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mojarra

(mōhär`ə), common name for a member of the family Gerreidae, small tropical food fishes. The many American species are found chiefly off the S Atlantic coast but also along the Pacific coast. Mojarras are rarely over a foot (30 cm) in length and are silvery in color. The fins can be retracted into specialized grooves located under the anal and dorsal fins. They feed on plant life, extending their jaws in order to engulf their food. Mojarras are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Actinopterygii, order Perciformes, family Gerreidae.
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Swim baits, shrimp imitations and sinking hard baits worked painfully slow deep in the water column will work during low light or night time periods as will large shrimp, finger mullet or mojarras freelined.
Unidentified stingray 31 Diplectrum formosum Sand perch 32 Elagatis bipinnulata Rainbow runner 33 Epinephelus adscensionis Rock hind 34 Epinephelus cruentatus Graysby 35 Epinephelus flavolimbatus Yellowedge grouper 36 Epinephelus fulvus Coney 37 Epinephelus guttatus Red hind 38 Epinephelus inermis Marbled grouper 39 Epinephelus itajara Jewfish 40 Epinephelus morio Red grouper 41 Epinephelus striatus Nassau grouper 42 Gerres cinereus Yellowfin mojarra 43 Ginglymostoma cirratum Nurse shark 44 Gymnothorax spp.
Baits for snook can range from a live or dead, whole or chunked shrimp, mullet, ladyfish, pin or pigfish, mojarras, croakers, whiting, lizardfish, pilchards and threadfin herring.