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Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Clupeiformes
Family: Clupeidae Herrings, shads, sardines, menhadens
Subfamily: Clupeinae
Genus: Sprattus

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Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 12 cm SL
Sprattus antipodum (Hector, 1872)

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Sprattus antipodum
[New Zealand blueback sprat]



Southwest Atlantic
Max. Length 18 cm SL
Sprattus fuegensis (Jenyns, 1842)

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Sprattus fuegensis
[Falkland sprat]



Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 13 cm SL
Sprattus muelleri (Klunzinger, 1879)

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Sprattus muelleri
[New Zealand sprat]



Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 14 cm SL
Sprattus novaehollandiae (Valenciennes, 1847)

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Sprattus novaehollandiae
[Australian sprat]



Northeast Atlantic
Max. Length 16 cm SL
Sprattus sprattus (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Sprattus sprattus
[European sprat]



5 species

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Sprattus antipodum New Zealand blueback sprat Southwest Pacific 12 SL 1872
Sprattus fuegensis Falkland sprat Southwest Atlantic 18 SL 1842
Sprattus muelleri New Zealand sprat Southwest Pacific 13 SL 1879
Sprattus novaehollandiae Australian sprat Southwest Pacific 14 SL 1847
Sprattus sprattus European sprat Northeast Atlantic 16 SL 1758



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