Animal Species:Slender Sprat, Spratelloides gracilis (Schlegel, 1846)
Standard Common Name
Silver Stripe Round Herring
The Slender Sprat is has a slender, cylindrical body. There is a bright silver stripe along the side of the body.
It grows to about 9.5 cm in length.
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.
Distribution by collection data
It is a pelagic, schooling species that occurs primarily in shallow coastal waters.
- 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.
- 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