Pinfish (Lagodon rhomboides)

Pinfish (Lagodon rhomboides)

Also known as ... pin perch, sand perch, butterfish

Description ...

The pinfish is a small fish only growing to about 4.5 inches.  They have a silvery sheen with 5 to 6 vertical bars on the side.  Olive colored backs with yellow and white pigments, with blue, green, and purple iridescence.  The anterior dorsal fin has rigid spiny rays that are capable of puncturing human skin, giving it the name pinfish.  They prefer water depths between 30 and 50 feet however juveniles are more common near cover or structure such as rocky bottoms, seagrass beds, jetties . . .

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