Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Atheriniformes
(Silversides) > Atherinopsidae
(Neotropical silversides) > Atherinopsinae
Etymology: Odontesthes: Greek, odous = teeth + Greek,esthes = suit, something used to wrap (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; freshwater; brackish; pelagic-neritic; depth range 1 - ? m (Ref. 27363). Subtropical; 11°C - 24°C (Ref. 52052); 26°S - 41°S
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 50.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 12187); max. reported age: 4 years (Ref. 59043)
soft rays: 18 - 22. Body bluish brown dorsally, silvery ventrally. A broad silvery band with dark blue upper margin running from pectoral fin base to caudal fin base along midbody. Upper surface of head, pectoral and caudal fins blackish (Ref. 27363). Scales in the lateral line series above the lateral band 52-60; predorsal scales 28-35 (Ref. 47314).
South America: southern Argentina and Río de La Plata. Introduced into Europe and Asia.
Adults inhabit coastal lagoons and near estuaries, usually in freshwater (Ref. 27363, 59043). Gregarious. Adults feed on zooplankton. Mature adults spawn for the first time at 1-2 years. Eggs are deposited among aquatic vegetation (Ref. 59043). Maximum length estimated from the fact that the congeneric Odontesthes incisa has a common length of 10 cm TL. This species is a cool water predator that has affected the abundance of other species native to the lakes (Ref. 1739). The fisheries has now flourished especially in lakes and reservoirs, in Peru, Argentina, southern Brazil and Chile.
Dyer, B.S., 1998. Phylogenetic systematics and historical biogeography of the neotropical silverside family Atherinopsidae (Teleostei: Atheriniformes). p. 519-536. In L.R. Malabarba, R.E. Reis, R.P. Vari, Z.M.S. Lucena and C.A.S. Lucena (eds.) Phylogeny and classification of neotropical fishes. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS. (Ref. 33128)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial; aquaculture: commercial; gamefish: yes
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.6 ±0.24 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (K=0.1).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (34 of 100) .