Size4-5 inches (10-13 cm)
HabitatBays, mangrove estuaries, tidal creeks, freshwater streams
- Common length of 4.7 inches (12 cm) with a maximum length of 10.6 inches (27 cm).
- Body shape is a compressed, diamond-like shape; the length of the body vertically can be greater than the length of the body horizontally.
- The coloration is bright silver with yellow fins, excluding the pectoral fin, which is translucent.
- Juveniles have yellow over most of the dorsal fin and two black vertical bands over the head.
Silver moony are commonly found in bays, mangrove estuaries, tidal creeks, and freshwater streams.
Diet / Feeding
- Diet consists of plankton and detritus.
Range / Habitat
- Occurs in the Western Indo-Pacific, including the Red Sea, East Africa, the Persian Gulf to Samoa and to Australia.
- Found in marine and freshwater ecosystems.
- Commonly found in bays, mangrove estuaries, tidal creeks and freshwater streams; can sometimes be found in silty coastal reefs.
Reproduction & Growth
- An oviparous, or egg-laying species.
- “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.
- Commonly seen in schools; juveniles can be seen singularly or in small aggregations.