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Atlantic Silverside

Menidia menidia

Drawing of an Atlantic Silverside fishMax Size: 15cm (6 in)

Habitat:Open and inshore water from Canada to Florida

Diet: Zooplankton





Fun Facts:

  • Atlantic Silversides are obligate shoalers, becoming physically stressed if they are not in a school; this stress can contribute to health problems and potentially lead to death
  • Atlantic Silversides are a favorite prey of many larger fish including striped bass, bluefish, and flounders.
  • The silver and translucent body makes it difficult for predators to pick out individuals in a school
  • Atlantic Silversides mature in 1 year, and very few make it to 2 years old.