Apeltes quadracus

Apeltes quadracus

FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
GasterosteidaeApeltes quadracus(Mitchill)1815Fourspine Stickleback

Unique Characters: Scaleless body with four dorsal spines angled alternately left to right. Long slender caudal peduncle.

Similar Species:

Threespine Stickleback Gasterosteus aculeatus. Although not yet recorded from North Carolina, it has been documented in Chesapeake Bay. It has three dorsal spines and a short caudal peduncle.