Animal Species:Slender Sprat, Spratelloides gracilis (Schlegel, 1846)

Slender Sprat, Spratelloides gracilis

Anne Hoggett © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Slender Sprat

Alternative Name/s

Silver Stripe Round Herring

Identification

The Slender Sprat is has a slender, cylindrical body.  There is a bright silver stripe along the side of the body.

Size range

It grows to about 9.5 cm in length.

Distribution

The species occurs widely thoughout the Indo-west Pacific region.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Spratelloides gracilis

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Slender Sprat specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Habitat

It is a pelagic, schooling species that occurs primarily in shallow coastal waters.

Classification

Species:
gracilis
Genus:
Spratelloides
Family:
Clupeidae
Order:
Clupeidae
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  1. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
  2. Munroe, T.A, Wongratana, T and M.S. Nizinski in Carpenter, Kent E. & Niem, Volker H., 1999. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fishery Purposes. The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. Volume 3. Batoid fishes, chimaeras and bony fishes part 1 (Elopidae to Linophrynidae) 2069-2790.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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