Gymnammodytes cicerelus (Rafinesque, 1810)
Mediterranean sand eel
Gymnammodytes cicerelus
photo by FAO

 Family:  Ammodytidae (Sand lances)
 Max. size:  17 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  demersal
 Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea: including the Adriatic, Aegean and Black Sea, Portugal and Senegal. Has also been reported from southern Morocco, Mauritania, and Angola (Ref. 10813).
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 53-59; Anal soft rays: 27-32; Vertebrae: 64-68. Ventrolateral skin-folds extending well beyond pectoral fins to anus. Lateral line branched. Back golden brown or greenish, belly silvery, head usually dark blue.
 Biology:  Found over shell-gravel and coarse sand bottoms (Ref. 6450).
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Papasissi, Christine - 22.10.90
 Modified by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 02.05.96

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