Atherina boyeri 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Atheriniformes Atherinidae

Scientific Name: Atherina boyeri Risso, 1810
Regional Assessments:
Common Name(s):
English Big-scale Sand Smelt, Black Sea Silverside, Boyer's Sand Smelt
French Athérine, Athérine de Boyer, Athérine Joël, Cabasson, Cabassoun, Coubassou, Joël, Siouclet
Spanish Pejerrey, Pejerrey Mediterráneo
Atherina anterina Nardo, 1847
Atherina bonapartii Boulenger, 1907
Atherina hyalosoma Cocco, 1885
Atherina lacustris Bonaparte, 1836
Atherina lagunae Trabelsi, Faure, Quignard, Boussaïd, Focant & Mâamouri, 2002
Atherina mochon Cuvier, 1829
Atherina mochon ssp. aegyptia Boulenger, 1907
Atherina presbyter ssp. caspia Eichwald, 1831
Atherina presbyter ssp. pontica Eichwald, 1831
Atherina riqueti Roule, 1902
Atherina risso Valenciennes, 1835
Atherina sarda Valenciennes, 1835
Atherina sardinella Fowler, 1903
Taxonomic Notes: A. lagunae is an invalid name.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Freyhof, J. & Kottelat, M.
Reviewer(s): Bogutskaya, N., & Smith, K. (IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit)
A widespread species with no known major widespread threats.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Along coast of Mediterranean, Black, Azov and Caspian Sea basins. Atlantic coast northward to Loire estuary (France). Isolated populations along costs of southern England and the Netherlands (some might actually be the marine A. mochon). Permanent freshwater resident populations in Guadalquivir and Tagus (now extirpated) drainages, Santo André lagoon (Portugal) and Lake Trichonis (Greece). Introduced in Aral Sea, Lake Trasimeno (Italy) and perhaps other lakes in Italy.
Countries occurrence:
Albania; Algeria; Andorra; Azerbaijan; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Cyprus; Egypt; France; Georgia; Germany; Gibraltar; Greece; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Israel; Italy; Kazakhstan; Lebanon; Libya; Monaco; Montenegro; Morocco; Netherlands; Palestinian Territory, Occupied; Portugal; Romania; Russian Federation; Serbia; Slovenia; Spain; Syrian Arab Republic; Tunisia; Turkey; Turkmenistan; Ukraine; United Kingdom
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Population [top]

Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Habitat:
Lower parts of rivers, estuaries, coastal lakes and sea. Freshwater populations prefer still or slow-flowing waters. Pelagic in lakes.

Gregarious. Usually lives 1-2 years, rarely up to four. Spawns for the first time at 1-2 years. Freshwater populations spawn in April-June in Guadalquivir, in March-October in Lake Trichonis. Short spawning migrations into estuaries in some populations. Fractional spawner, larger individuals spawn for a longer period. Eggs with long hairy appendages attaching them to filamentous algae, deposited at 2-6 m depth. Larvae are pelagic but often form schools close to the shores. In lakes and estuaries, feeds mainly on small planktonic invertebrates, often on benthos in rivers.
Systems:Freshwater; Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information.

Citation: Freyhof, J. & Kottelat, M. 2008. Atherina boyeri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T2352A9434124. . Downloaded on 15 July 2018.
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