You can sponsor this page

Atherion africanum  Smith, 1965

Pricklenose silverside
Upload your photos and videos
Pictures | Google image
Image of Atherion africanum (Pricklenose silverside)
Atherion africanum
Picture by FAO

Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Atheriniformes (Silversides) > Atherinidae (Silversides) > Atherinomorinae
Etymology: Atherion: Greek, atherine = smelt.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; pelagic-neritic; depth range 0 - 10 m.   Tropical, preferred ?; 21°N - 29°S, 77°E - 32°E

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri

Indian Ocean: India to Natal, South Africa (Ref. 4125).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4125); common length : 4.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 3302)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 5 - 6; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-12; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 16 - 17. Translucent and blue-green in color; pigmentation on head and body variable (Ref. 4125).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Usually caught offshore in depths of less than 2 m. Used as food for larger commercial species and possibly as bait.

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Oviparous (Ref. 36947).

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Dyer, Brian S. | Collaborators

Ivantsoff, W., 1984. Atherinidae. In W. Fischer and G. Bianchi (eds.) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean fishing area 51. Vol. 1. (Ref. 3302)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: of no interest
FAO(Publication : search) | FisheriesWiki | Sea Around Us

More information

Countries
FAO areas
Ecosystems
Occurrences
Introductions
Stocks
Ecology
Diet
Food items
Food consumption
Ration
Common names
Synonyms
Metabolism
Predators
Ecotoxicology
Reproduction
Maturity
Spawning
Fecundity
Eggs
Egg development
Age/Size
Growth
Length-weight
Length-length
Length-frequencies
Morphometrics
Morphology
Larvae
Larval dynamics
Recruitment
Abundance
References
Aquaculture
Aquaculture profile
Strains
Genetics
Allele frequencies
Heritability
Diseases
Processing
Mass conversion
Collaborators
Pictures
Stamps, Coins
Sounds
Ciguatera
Speed
Swim. type
Gill area
Otoliths
Brains
Vision

Tools

Special reports

Download XML

Internet sources