Sillaginops macrolepis (Bleeker, 1858)
Large-scale sillago
photo by FAO

 Family:  Sillaginidae (Smelt-whitings)
 Max. size:  20 cm SL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  demersal; depth range 0 - 5 m, non-migratory
 Distribution:  Western Central Pacific: Indonesian Archipelago, New Britain, Solomon Islands and the Philippines.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 12-12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 19-21; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 19-21; Vertebrae: 34-34. Body is yellowish, darker above, with a diffuse silvery midlateral stripe; dorsal fins dusky with a narrow blackish margin. Juveniles with a series of small brown spots, on each side along the back at the base of the dorsal fins, first dot at commencement of spinous dorsal fin, second about middle of spinous dorsal fin, third below fourth dorsal fin ray, fourth below eleventh dorsal-fin ray, and last spot below end of second dorsal fin.
 Biology:  May penetrate freshwater, at least as juveniles (Ref. 6205). Oviparous (Ref. 205).
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 28.10.93
 Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 03.05.13
 Checked by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 03.05.13

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