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Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Clupeiformes  
 Family Clupeidae  
 Genus Spratelloides  
  Spratelloides gracilis  (Temminck & Schlegel, 1846) 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms:Clupea argyrotaeniataClupea gracilisSpratelloides atrofasciatusStolephorus japonicusdetails
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);中國動物誌-鱘形目;海鰱目;鯡形目及鼠鱚目(張, 2001)
Character: Body elongate, cylindrical; abdomen rounded, without prepelvic or postpelvic scutes, but a W-shaped pelvic scute present. Lower gill rakers very variable. Branchiostegal rays 6 or mostly 7. With 42 to 48 scales in lateral series; vertical striae on scales not meeting at centre. A bright silver band along the entire flanks. 
Habitat: Usually an inshore schooling species, inhabiting relatively clear waters of coastal, lagoon, and seaward reefs. 
Distribution: Widely distributed in Indo-Pacific from Red Sea, east to Samoa and the Tuamoto Islands, north to Japan, south to southeastern and western Australia. It is common in waters around Taiwan. 
Utility: Marketed fresh or dried-salted. Used as bait in the tuna fishery. 
Name Code: 380972
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