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Hypoatherina tropicalis  (Whitley, 1948)

Whitley's silverside
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Atheriniformes (Silversides) > Atherinidae (Silversides) > Atherinomorinae
Etymology: Hypoatherina: Greek, hypo = under + Greek, atherina, the Greek name for the eperlane; 1770 (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; pelagic-neritic; depth range 0 - ? m (Ref. 9760).   Tropical

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9760)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 6 - 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-11; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 11 - 14. Lips absent. Ascending process of premaxilla, short and broad. Gill rakers in first lower gill arch 18-22. Midlateral scales 39-46. Predorsal scales 17-22.

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Western Pacific: New Guinea, northern and eastern Australia, Madang, Maron and Bougainville Islands. Possibly present over a wide range in Melanesian waters. Aso found around Lord Howe Island.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits waters close inshore. Often seen to jump out of the water, especially after sunset when they appear as fluorescent streaks. At night they appear to aggregate with Atherinomorus capricornensis around One Tree Island (eastern Australia). Probably eaten by larger commercial species (Ref. 9760).

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Ivantsoff, W. and L.E.L.M. Crowley, 1999. Atherinidae. Silversides (or hardyheads). p. 2113-2139. In K.E. Carpenter and V.H. Niem (eds.) FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. The living marine resources of the Western Central Pacific. Volume 4. Bony fishes part 2 (Mugilidae to Carangidae). FAO, Rome.

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5001   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00398 (0.00159 - 0.00995), b=3.13 (2.91 - 3.35), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.3   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (25 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Medium.