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Species: Atherinella brasiliensis, Robust silverside

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D1 origin just behind A rays 2-5
gill rakers 13-16
pectoral 14-15
A 18-20, basal scale sheath absent/on 1st few rays
scales: 35-44 lateral, transverse rows 6, around body 17-20

Atherinella brasiliensis (Quoy and Gaimard, 1825)

Robust silverside

Elongate; sensory pits on top of snout not as 4 large quadrangular pits; top jaw extendible, premaxilla with rear end greatly expanded, without expanded bony process above its center; 13-16 lower gill rakers; 1st dorsal fin IV, origin behind 2nd-5th ray of anal fin; anal rays I, 18-20; pectoral 14-15, long, reaching to about end of pelvic fins, inserted high on body, above mid-level of eye; lateral scales 35-44; transverse scale rows 6; 17-20 scales around body; scale sheath on base of anal fin absent or on first few rays only; a large scale at base of pelvic fins.

Pale yellow above and below, with narrow dark scale outines; silver midlateral band, with dark top edging.

Size: reaches 16 cm.

Habitat: coastal beaches, estuaries and mangroves.

Depth: 0-10 m?

Colombia to Brazil.

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  • Brackish
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Mid Water
  • Near Bottom
  • Bottom
  • Water column only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Estuary
  • Water column
  • Beach
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Sand & gravel
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Omnivore
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Phytoplankton
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
  • Benthic
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Also in Brazil
  • Extends South of GC
  • Continent only
  • GC non-endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 16
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 10