Family Atherinidae--Silverside Family
Silversides are often found near the surface of the water.
They may be seen jumping out of the water when spawning
or threatened. Characteristics include an upturned mouth,
flattened head, scales on the head, large eyes, no lateral
line, a long snout and two widely separated dorsal fins.
silverside -- Labidesthes sicculus
The brook silverside is a very slender fish with a beaklike
snout and two widely separated dorsal fins. This fish lives
in creeks, ponds, lakes and streams. It may also be found
in shallow areas of reservoirs. The brook silverside rarely
is found at depths of more than a few feet. Activity seems
to be correlated with light intensity, as it is active during
the day and on moon-lit nights. When inactive it floats
near the surface. Spawning occurs from June through August.
Each egg is provided with an adhesive filament which attaches
it to the first object it encounters. The average length
of life is two years during which it may attain a length
of five inches.
inland silverside--Menidia beryllina [nonnative]