Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    gracilis
    Genus
    Spratelloides
    Family
    Clupeidae
    Order
    Clupeidae
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    It grows to about 9.5 cm in length.

Identification

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

Habitat

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

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.

Ozcam map of Slender Sprat specimens in the Australian Museum. http://ozcam.ala.org.au/occurrences/search?q=Spratelloides%20gracilis&zoom=off#mapView

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.