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Class: Actinopteri
Order: Atheriniformes
Family: Atherinidae Silversides
Subfamily: Atherininae
Genus: Atherina

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Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Atherina boyeri Risso, 1810

Photo by Photo by Otel, V.
 
Atherina boyeri
[Big-scale sand smelt]



Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 11 cm SL
Atherina breviceps Valenciennes, 1835

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Atherina breviceps
[Cape silverside]



Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Atherina hepsetus Linnaeus, 1758

Photo by Photo by Luquet, D.
 
Atherina hepsetus
[Mediterranean sand smelt]



Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 8 cm SL
Atherina lopeziana Rossignol & Blache, 1961

Photo by Photo by Freitas, R.
 
Atherina lopeziana
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Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Atherina presbyter Cuvier, 1829

Photo by Photo by Østergaard, T.
 
Atherina presbyter
[Sand smelt]



5 species

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Atherina boyeri Big-scale sand smelt Eastern Atlantic 20 TL 1810
Atherina breviceps Cape silverside Southeast Atlantic 11 SL 1835
Atherina hepsetus Mediterranean sand smelt Eastern Atlantic 20 TL 1758
Atherina lopeziana Eastern Atlantic 8 SL 1961
Atherina presbyter Sand smelt Eastern Atlantic 20 TL 1829



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