The silver moony is a bright silver color with yellow fins, excluding the pectoral fin, which is translucent.
  • Size

    4.7 inches (12 cm)
  • Diet

    Plankton, detritus
  • Range

    Western Indo-Pacific
  • Habitat

    Bays, mangrove estuaries, tidal creeks, freshwater streams

Physical Characteristics

  • 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; length of body vertically can be greater than length of body horizontally.
  • Coloration is bright silver with yellow fins, excluding the pectoral fin, which is translucent.
  • Juvenile has yellow over most of the dorsal fin and two black vertical bands over the head.

Animal Fact

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 south 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.

Conservation Status

  • “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

  • Commonly seen in schools; juveniles can be seen singularly or in small aggregations.

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