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Red Sea Hardyhead Silverside

Atherinomorus forskalii (Rüppell 1838)

Diagnostic Description

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This species is distinguished by the following set of characters: lateral process of premaxilla very low and wide; upper margin of dentary almost flat distally, no distinct tubercle at the posterior end; posterior tip of the upper jaw reaching to or exceeding a vertical through anterior margin of the pupil, and not reaching to a vertical through center of the pupil; teeth on endopterygoids large, forming distinct ridges; anus located around posterior tip of the pelvic fin; lower gill rakers 20-23; midlateral scale count 39-43; lower margin of midlateral band reaching to or just below ventral end of the midlateral (third) scale row at the level of the anal fin origin (Ref. 58474).
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Morphology

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Dorsal spines (total): 5 - 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8 - 10; Analspines: 1; Analsoft rays: 11 - 15; Vertebrae: 40 - 44
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Biology

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Feeds on zooplankton, small bottom-living invertebrates (Ref. 5980).
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