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Family Atherinidae

Silversides

Silversides are small fishes with two dorsal fins and a very prominent lateral line.  They inhabit the sea surface near shore and feed upon plankton.  They are often used as bait.

 

HAWAII

Atherinomorus insularum 

HAWAIIAN SILVERSIDE   'IAO

 


NORTHEAST PACIFIC

Atherinops affinis

TOPSMELT

 


WESTERN ATLANTIC

Atherinomorus stipes

HARDHEAD SILVERSIDE