(Lagodon rhomboides)

Lagodon rhomboides, commonly known as the pinfish, is a species of marine fish belonging to the family Sparidae. It is found in the western Atlantic Ocean, ranging from Massachusetts to the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. Pinfish are small, typically reaching lengths of 5-8 inches (12-20 cm), and are known for their diamond-shaped body, silvery coloration, and prominent spines on their dorsal and anal fins. They inhabit shallow coastal waters, including bays, estuaries, and seagrass beds, where they feed primarily on small crustaceans, mollusks, and algae. Pinfish play a significant role in coastal ecosystems as both predator and prey, supporting larger fish populations and contributing to biodiversity in their habitats.