|Family||Scientific Name||Author||Year||Common Name|
|Gerreidae||Eucinostomus lefroyi||(Goode)||1874||Mottled Mojarra|
Unique Characters: Unique dorsal-lateral pigment pattern, 6 wavy dorsal bars variously connected to 8 lateral spots. Iris with dark bar at top. Only mojarra in North Carolina with 2 anal spines. Margin of preopercle smooth. Second dorsal-fin spine equal to or shorter than distance between tip of snout and posterior margin of orbit. Body oblong to moderately deep, the depth 2.4-3.3 in standard length (= 30-42% standard length, most less than 37% standard length). Scales on each side of depressed, naked area over premaxillary process extend forward of vertical line from anterior margin of orbit. Pelvic fins colorless. Anal fin with 2 spines, first anal ray branched.
Similar Species: None