Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Atheriniformes
(Silversides) > Dentatherinidae
Etymology: Dentatherina: Latin, dens = teeth + Greek, atherina = (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; pelagic-neritic; non-migratory. Tropical
Western Central Pacific: Philippines to north-eastern Australia and from Moluccas to the Trobriand Islands.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9798)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 6 - 9;
soft rays: 14 - 16. Labial ligament to about halfway along premaxilla forming cylindrical pouch lateral to ramus of dentary and just below edge of premaxilla. Premaxilla with ventrally directed tusk-like process. Caudal peduncle very slender. Midlateral scales 40-43; transverse scale rows 7 to 9; interdorsal scales 8-12.
Found close inshore around islands and over coral reefs. Except for larval biology, little is known about this species. It may be taken as food by commercial species. This species is now placed under family Dentatherinidae in Parenti (1984 ?).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Patten, J.M. and W. Ivantsoff, 1983. A new genus and species of atherinid fish, Dentatherina merceri from the Western Pacific. Jap. J. Ichthyol. 29(4):329-339. (Ref. 5157)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
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Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 24.7 - 29, mean 28.1 °C (based on 734 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 1.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).