Spratelloides gracilis (Temminck & Schlegel, 1846)
Silver-stripe round herring
photo by Krumme, U.

 Family:  Clupeidae (Herrings, shads, sardines, menhadens), subfamily: Incertae sedis
 Max. size:  10.5 cm SL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  pelagic-neritic; depth range - 40 m
 Distribution:  Indo-Pacific, from Red Sea south to Tanzania and east to Samoa (excluding the Cook, Society and Marquesas islands) and the Tuamoto Islands, north to southern Japan and south to western Australia and Kermadec Islands.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-13; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 12-13. Maxilla toothed, triangular pre-maxillae, 2 supra-maxillae, second supra-maxilla asymmetrical (lower part larger than upper part), vertical striae on scales not meeting at center; W-shaped pelvic scute; few branchiostegal rays (6 or 7). Description: Characterized by bluish body color; predorsal scales about 18-20; depth of body 5.8-7.6 in SL (Ref. 90102).
 Biology:  Usually an inshore schooling species, inhabiting relatively clear waters of coastal, lagoon, and seaward reefs (Ref. 11230). Relative fecundity is 1596 eggs per unit body weight (Ref. 4383). Caught with beach seines, purse seines, ringnets and dipnets. Marketed fresh or dried-salted (Ref. 5213). Used as bait in the tuna fishery.
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 17.10.90
 Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 07.04.15
 Checked by: Bailly, Nicolas - 24.07.13

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