Eugerres plumieri, stripped mojarra, belongs to a family of coastal fish found generally in shallow waters. Characterized by their protrusible mouths (ability to extend or withdraw the mouth from the jaw), mojarras are found in clear waters around islands, sandy or muddy areas, hypersaline estuaries, and freshwater habitats. E. plumieri is distributed along the warm coastal waters of North and South America. In some areas, such as Columbia, E. plumieri is of significant commercial value, though has been facing a population decline due to overfishing. The diet of striped majarra mainly consists of crustaceans and small fish.
Spawning generally happens away from the coast, often occurring between June and July, which corresponds to the rainy season. Full size stripped mojarra are generally found to be between 38 and 47.5 cm in total length. It is estimated that sexual maturity occurs when individuals reach around 20 cm in total length.
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