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Family: Atherinidae Silversides
Subfamily: Atherininae


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Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Atherina boyeri Risso, 1810

Photo by Photo by Otel, V.
 
Atherina boyeri
[Big-scale sand smelt]



Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 11 cm SL
Atherina breviceps Valenciennes, 1835

Photo by Photo by FAO
 
Atherina breviceps
[Cape silverside]



Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Atherina hepsetus Linnaeus, 1758

Photo by Photo by Luquet, D.
 
Atherina hepsetus
[Mediterranean sand smelt]



Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 8 cm SL
Atherina lopeziana Rossignol & Blache, 1961

Photo by Photo by Freitas, R.
 
Atherina lopeziana
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Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Atherina presbyter Cuvier, 1829

Photo by Photo by Østergaard, T.
 
Atherina presbyter
[Sand smelt]



Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 9 cm TL
Atherinason hepsetoides (Richardson, 1843)

Photo by Photo by Graham, K.
 
Atherinason hepsetoides
[Smallscale hardyhead]



Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 9.5 cm TL
Atherinosoma elongata (Klunzinger, 1879)

Photo by Photo by Good, P.
 
Atherinosoma elongata
[Elongate hardyhead]
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Max. Length 10.7 cm SL

 
Atherinosoma microstoma
[Smallmouth hardyhead]
No picture found

Max. Length 10 cm TL

 
Kestratherina brevirostris
[Short-snout hardyhead]
No picture found

Max. Length 15 cm TL

 
Kestratherina esox
[Pikehead hardyhead]



Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 11 cm TL
Leptatherina presbyteroides (Richardson, 1843)

Photo by Photo by Good, P.
 
Leptatherina presbyteroides
[Silver fish]
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Max. Length 7 cm SL

 
Leptatherina wallacei
[Western hardyhead]



12 species

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Atherina boyeri Big-scale sand smelt Eastern Atlantic 20 TL 1810
Atherina breviceps Cape silverside Southeast Atlantic 11 SL 1835
Atherina hepsetus Mediterranean sand smelt Eastern Atlantic 20 TL 1758
Atherina lopeziana Eastern Atlantic 8 SL 1961
Atherina presbyter Sand smelt Eastern Atlantic 20 TL 1829
Atherinason hepsetoides Smallscale hardyhead Eastern Indian Ocean 9 TL 1843
Atherinosoma elongata Elongate hardyhead Indo-West Pacific 9.5 TL 1879
Atherinosoma microstoma Smallmouth hardyhead Southwest Pacific 10.7 SL 1861
Kestratherina brevirostris Short-snout hardyhead Eastern Indian Ocean 10 TL 1988
Kestratherina esox Pikehead hardyhead Eastern Indian Ocean 15 TL 1872
Leptatherina presbyteroides Silver fish Southwest Pacific 11 TL 1843
Leptatherina wallacei Western hardyhead Oceania 7 SL 1982



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