Scientific Name
Hypoatherina woodwardi  
Hypoatherina woodwardi吳氏下銀漢魚
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author (Jordan & Starks, 1901) Depth 0 - 5M
Chinese 吳氏下銀漢魚 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 銀漢魚科 Economic Fish No 
Family F251 Atherinidae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 吳氏下銀漢魚 
Max Length 10 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 伍氏下銀漢魚、鱙仔 
Distribution in World North West Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan South、North、North East、PonFu 
Habitats Coral、Benthos、Estuary、Coastal  Holotype Locality Okinawa Island, Ryukyu Islands, Japan 
Synonyms Allanetta woodwardi, Atherina woodwardi   
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);Fish of Japan(Nakabo, 2002)  Jordan, D. S. etc. 1901 沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 Nakabo T. 2002 Nakabo T. 2002 
Specimen List ASIZP0059764. ASIZP0060535. ASIZP0065030. ASIZP0072795. ASIZP0074851. ASIZP0805466. ASIZP0915466. NMNSF00824.  
Common Name Woodward's hardyhead; Silverside; Sandsmelt; Whitebait 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body moderately robust, subcylindrical, and slightly compressed. Free edge of premaxilla densely covered with minute shagreen denticles; teeth present on vomer, palatines, ectopterygoids. Ascending process of premaxilla moderately wide and long, lateral process short and wide at base. First dorsal fin with V to VI spines; second dorsal fin with I spine and 8 to 10 soft rays; anal fin with I spine and 10 to 13 soft rays. Body covered with cycloid scales; 39 to 41 midlateral scales. Anus near posterior end of pelvic fins. Body blue-green above, whitish below, and with dark tip to snout; scales above midlateral band edged with black; fins clear but with small traces of pigment; head, eye, opercle, and preopercle silvery gold.
habitats Forms schools near the surface of inshore waters. Feeds on zooplankton. 
Distribution Distributed in the Northwest Pacific including Taiwan and Ryukyu Islands. It is found in southern, northern and northeastern Taiwanese waters. 
Utility No commercial value.