Fundulus majalis (Walbaum, 1792)
Striped killifish
photo by Dubosc, J.

Family:  Fundulidae (Topminnows and killifishes)
Max. size:  18 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; depth range 0 - 1 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Western Atlantic: New Hampshire to northeastern Florida in USA; also in northern Gulf of Mexico.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 14-15. Males have 15-20 dark bars on side; females have 2-3 longitudinal stripes (Ref. 26938).
Biology:  Inhabits bays, estuaries and coastal marshes (Ref. 5723). Feeds on worms, small crustaceans, mollusks and insects (Ref. 93252). Not a seasonal killifish. Is difficult to maintain in aquarium (Ref. 27139).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 09 January 2014 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 01.05.91
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 29.06.16
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 09.08.94

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