Scientific Name
Hypoatherina tsurugae  
Hypoatherina tsurugae下銀漢魚
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author (Jordan & Starks, 1901) Depth 0 - 4M
Chinese 下銀漢魚 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 銀漢魚科 Economic Fish No 
Family F251 Atherinidae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 後肛下銀漢魚 
Max Length 15 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 鱙仔 
Distribution in World North West Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan North 
Habitats Coral、Coastal  Holotype Locality Nagasaki, Japan 
Synonyms Atherina tsurugae   
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);Fish of Japan(Nakabo, 2002)  Jordan, D. S. etc. 1901 Tsukamoto, Y. etc. 1993 沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 Youichi Tsukamoto etc. 1993 Nakabo T. 2002 Nakabo T. 2002 
Specimen List
Common Name Silverside; Sandsmelt; Whitebait 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body fusiform. No shagreen denticles on external surfaces of jaws. Lower jaw highly elevated posteriorly. Fine teeth on dentary and premaxilla. Premaxilla extending to vertical through anterior margin of orbit. First dorsal fin with VI to VIII spines; second dorsal fin with I spine and 8 to 11 soft rays; anal fin with I spine and 10 to 13 soft rays. Body scales large, covered with cycloid scales; 43 to 47 midlateral scales. Anus just below first dorsal fin. Body blue-green above, whitish below; a silvery midlateral band with dots below it; Fins clear or dusky, pectoral fins frequently with dark blotch.
habitats Forms schools near the surface of inshore waters. Feeds on zooplankton. 
Distribution Distributed in the Northwest Pacific including northern Taiwan, southern Japan and the Korean Peninsula. 
Utility No commercial value.