Common Forage Fish of the Barnegat Bay
The Forage Fish of Barnegat Bay
As interesting as these species are in form, nature is just as concerned in their function, hence the term
forage fish or "prey species".  You see there are two conditions of existence in the Barnegat Bay (and every other habitat for that mater), you're either alive, or you're food for something else. As in the image above, the species below are an indispensable link to the survival and growth of all kingdoms of life depicted this site.  

The Common Forage Fish of the Barnegat Bay
Though some like menhaden, and mullet will spend their first year of life here, others like silversides, and killies will spend their entire life here.  None will grow larger than 8" in a single season.   

 Atlantic Silversides (Menidia menidia)
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Inland Silversides (Menidia beryllina)
Atlantic Menhadaden (Brevoortia tyranus) Juv.
Atlantic Menhadaden (Brevoortia tyranus) Adult
Common Killies (Fundulus heteroclitus) "Mummychugs"
Striped Killies (Fundulus majolis)
Banded Killies (Fundulus diaphanus)
Sheepshead Minnow (Cyprinodon variegatus)
Rainwater Killies (Lucania parva) 
White Mullet (Mugil curema) 
Fourspine Stickleback (Apeltes quadracus) 
Alewife Herring (Alosa pseudoharengus) 
Bay Anchovie (Anchoa mitchilli)