Big-scale sand smelt

Order: 
Atheriniformes
Family: 
Atherinidae

Euryhaline fish (marine and freshwater) with regularly ossified skeleton. Narrow and small body. Especially wide head. Caudal fin is forked. It has a characteristic silver line on both sides of the body. Dorsum is grey, with black spots on the edge of the scales. It can measure up to 18 cm.

International Designations

Germany: 
Kleiner Ährenfisch
France: 
Prêtre
Italy: 
Latterino
Portugal: 
Peixe-rei do Mediterrãneo
UK: 
Big-scale sand smelt
China: 
银带真银汉鱼
Fishing gears: 
Purse seines
FAO code: 
ATB
Scientific name: 
Atherina boyeri
Type: 
Blue fish
Fishing areas: 
Area 1: Africa - Inland waters
Area 4: Asia - Inland waters
Area 5: Europe - Inland waters
Area 27: the Northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 34: the Eastern Central part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 37: the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea
Global production (Tons): 
715,35