Common name: Silverbiddies



Small to medium-sized fishes with a slender to deep, compressed body, a concave snout, and a highly protrusible mouth that points downwards when extended.

Gerreids have a single long-based dorsal fin, high at the front; pectoral fins long, pointed; pelvic fins below or just behind pectoral-fin base; caudal fin strongly forked. Body covered in large conspicuous scales, including a deep scaly sheath at dorsal and anal-fin bases.

Found worldwide in tropical to temperate seas. Gerreids live on sandy or muddy bottoms in bays, estuaries and along the margins of reefs, feeding on invertebrates such as crustaceans and polychaete worms living in the sediment.

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Dianne J. Bray, Silverbiddies, GERREIDAE in Fishes of Australia, accessed 20 Jun 2024,


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