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Photos of the Unique and Mysterious Small Fish that lie Hidden Under the Dark Waters of the Barnegat Bay 




The Unique and Mysterious Small Fish that lie Hidden under the Dark Waters of the Barnegat BayUnder construction
The unique and Mysterious small fish that lie hiden in 
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Ever Wonder about what unique small fish live in the Barnegat Bay?
You might find them here.  Some are numerous each year while others appear only in trace amounts.  Still others may be numerous one year and not seen the next.  Take a look below, you might be quite surprised. 

From the common to the extremely rare, the photos below depict some of the many species of unique species  you might not expect to find in the Barnegat Bay.

Some may grow no larger than seen here.  Others are juveniles striving to reach adult hood.   But both are just as likely to re-enter the food chain as prey, (no predator will pass up a meal of opportunity).  Though none will grow much  larger than 6" in a single season,  together these unique predators represent an indispensable link in the food chains of Barnegat Bay.
GROUP 1 :  COMMON  JUVENILES

THESE ARE SOME OF THE MOST COMMON  SPECIES THAT WILL SPEND THEIR FIRST SEASON OF LIFE IN THE BARNEGAT BAY, TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE BAYS' RICH FOOD CHAINS AND PROTECTION. 
Winter Flounder ( Pseudopleuronectes americanus )
Black Sea Bass (Centropristis striata)) Juv. 4"
Born on the continental shelf individuals like this one later utilize the Barnegat Bay to mature in their first year. 
Sea Bass (Centropristis striata) 2.5"
Start to show up in late summer and early fall  
Blackfish (Tautoga onitis) 2.5"
Juvs. this size start appearing from July into fall.
Blackfish (Tautoga onitis) 3"
Adults migrate into the  bay to breed each spring where they spend their first year of life.
Cunner  (Tautogolabrus adspersus) Juvenile
Porgy (Stenotomus-chrysops) 2.5"

Born offshore,  juveniles like this begin showing up in late summer.  Adults may go to 18", but favor deep off shore habitats, while smaller fish may inhabit the bay. 


No. Kingfish (Menticirrhus saxatilis) 3"
Adults return each year to live and breed.  Juveniles like this one can be found each year by mid summer, and may reach 6" to 8" by years end. 
Black Drum ( Pogonias cromis )
Juv. At. croaker (Micropogonias undulatus)
"Spike" Weakfish (Cynoscion  regalis) Juv.
"Snapper" Bluefish (Pomatomas saltatrix)
 White Perch ( Morone american )
 Hog Choker ( Trinectes maculatus)
Northern Blowfish (Sphoeroides maculitus)
Northern Blowfish (Sphoeroides maculitus)
No. Searobin (Prionotus evolans )
Oyster Cracker (Opsanus tau)
GRUBBY (Myoxocephalus aenaeus )
GRUBBY (Myoxocephalus aenaeus )
The Feather Blenny (Hypsoblennius hentzi)
Though I've only found a few
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The Feather Blenny (Hypsoblennius hentzi)
Though I've only found a few
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The Striped Blenny (Chasmodes bosquianus)

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The Striped Blenny (Chasmodes bosquianus)

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gobie,naked(Gobiosoma-bosci)web
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gobie,naked(Gobiosoma-bosci)web
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No.PipeFish(Sygnathus-fuscus)
Lined Seahorse (Hippocampus erectus)w.m
Lined Seahorse (Hippocampus erectus)w.m
Gray Snapper (Lutjanus griseus) 

Gag-(-Mycteroperca-microlepis-)
spotted-scorpian-fish-(Scorpaena-plumieri)-
scrawled cowfish( Lactophyrs polygonia )
spotfin-butterflyfish--(Chaetodone-oclletus)
Spotfin-Mojjara---(Eucinostomus-argenteus)
Lizard Fish ( Synodus intermedius )


Lizard Fish ( Synodus intermedius )


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Needle Fish (Strondylura marina)  Hound Fish (Tylosurus crocodilus)

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