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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.

FAO code
Atherina boyeri
Blue fish
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 1: Africa - 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
  • Area 4: Asia - Inland waters
  • Area 5: Europe - Inland waters
International denominations
Germany Kleiner Ährenfisch
China 银带真银汉鱼
France Prêtre
Italy Latterino
Portugal Peixe-rei do Mediterrãneo
United Kingdom Big-scale sand smelt
Fishing areas
Fishing arts
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