Body elongated, slightly compressed with round belly. Snout pointed. Caudal fin forked. Pelvic fin situated behind midpoint. A single W-shaped scute at pelvic fin base. Very delicate scales, easily detached.
bluish grey on back, silvery on the sides.
common 8 - 18 (max. 20).
Etrumeus teres and Spratelloides delicatulus: origin of dorsal fin in front of midpoint.
Other clupeids: series of scutes along the belly.
BIOLOGY / ECOLOGY
Shoaling species. Feeds on zooplankton, mainly crustacean and early stages of fishes. Eggs and larvae planktonic.
pelagic, mainly inshore.