Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Atheriniformes
(Silversides) > Atherinidae
(Silversides) > Atherinomorinae
Etymology: Doboatherina: Name from 'Dobo', the local name of atherinid fishes in Mie Prefecture, Japan, and 'Atherina', the name of type genus of Atherinidae.; aetholepis: Named for its scales with long spatular outgrowth posteriorly along the dorsal midline anterior to the second dorsal fin.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; brackish; pelagic-neritic; depth range - m (Ref. ), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C - ; 13°N - 6°S, 100°E - 155°E (Ref. 121273)
Western Pacific: Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 44256)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 5 - 8;
Vertebrae: 38 - 42. This species is distinguished by the following combination of characters: a long spatular outgrowth on the posterior margin of most predorsal and interdorsal scales; ascending process of premaxilla is short and blunt, its height about two times maximum width, and shorter than horizontal length of premaxilla, its height about 2/5 to 1/2 of the horizontal length; premaxilla with a single lateral process; palatine with teeth; head rather large, HL 25-31% SL; upper jaw length 8.4-11% SL and 32-41% HL; midlateral band rather wide, width about 3/5-4/5 of width of midlateral scale, and its lower margin reaching to lower margin of midlateral scale row at the level of anal-fin origin (width of midlateral band 17-30% of body depth and 47-75% of caudal peduncle depth at the level of anal-fin origin. Colour of head and body faintly greenish-
tan dorsally, brilliant silver laterally; the midlateral band glossy indigo blue, upper edge with a greenish-white line; with small black dots ventrolaterally on body; snout dusky; a narrow black band along the anal-fin base; rays of second dorsal, caudal, and pectoral fins are fringed with dark dots; fin membranes hyaline (Ref. 121273).
Adults occur usually along the open coast; rarely seen in lagoons or inner parts of bays and inlets (Ref. 44256).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Kimura, S., Y. Iwatsuki and T. Yoshino, 2002. A new silverside, Atherinosomus aetholepis sp. nov., from the West Pacific (Atheriniformes: Atherinidae). Ichthyol. Res. 49(3):240-244. (Ref. 44256)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
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Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 28 - 29.1, mean 28.5 °C (based on 74 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5005 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00562 (0.00244 - 0.01296), b=3.11 (2.91 - 3.31), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (26 of 100) .