Excerpts from Jim Conrad's
from the May 1, 2011 Newsletter issued
from written at Mayan Beach
Garden Inn 20 kms north of Mahahual, Quintana Roo, México
He needed only one cast. The old guy is showing off below:
Up on the beach he tossed his catch before me, seen below:
|A close-up of a single fish is shown below:|
|A conspicuous field mark for this species seems to be that reddish-orange spot behind
the eye. Back at Mayan Beach Garden's little nature library I dug out Humann and Deloach's
Reef Fish Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas and, looking for a small,
silvery fish with a reddish-orange spot behind the eye, soon matched my
"Sardinas" with a picture.
It looks like the fish are Redear Herrings, sometimes called Redear Sardines, HARENGULA HUMERALIS. Plenty of pictures of the species appear on the Internet but there's not much information about them, other than that in shallow water they swim in dense schools and are much sought after as bait. One study finds that they reproduce year round, but mostly from January to August.