One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small marine killifish which lives along the sheltered shores and estuaries of eastern North America. It is widely kept in aquaria and is also used as bait and for biological research.
Fundulus heteroclitus, family Cyprinodontidae (or Fundulidae)
- ‘The mummichog, Fundulus heteroclitus, is the resident fish species that is most abundant in tidal wetlands of the U.S. Atlantic coast and that has been most studied by researchers.’
- ‘The seasonal marine migrant Atlantic silverside and resident mummichog were most abundant in the lower reach.’
- ‘Common fish species in the area include Atlantic tomcod, mummichog, redfish, herring, silver hake, Greenland halibut, and the dangerously overfished northern cod.’
- ‘The Atlantic tomcod is one of the predators here, preying on such species as rainbow smelt and mummichog.’
- ‘ANP stimulates chloride secretion in the isolated opercular membrane of seawater-acclimated mummichog, and inhibits ion and water absorption in the intestine of winter flounder and Japanese eel.’
- ‘The latter group includes Atlantic silversides, M. menidia, capelin Mallotus villosus and the mummichog, F. heteroclitus.’
- ‘Juvenile mummichogs were captured in pit traps along with spotfin killifish in the high marsh at both Piermont Marsh and Ralph Creek.’
- ‘We found the amphipod G. tigrinus to be consumed by mummichog and white perch.’
- ‘They prey upon the rainbow smelt, golden shiner, common shiner, creek chub, and mummichog, among others.’
Late 18th century: from Narragansett moamitteaug.
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