Slender Sprat (species: Spratelloides gracilis) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Spratelloides gracilis
Slender Sprat

©Anne Hoggett: A school of Slender Sprat at North Direction Island

©Anne Hoggett: Spratelloides gracilis caught in light traps near Lizard Island Research Station. Aquarium photo.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Clupeiformes
Family Clupeidae
Genus Spratelloides
Species Spratelloides gracilis



Distinguishing features

A slender, silvery fish; blue/green on the back and a broad silver stripe along the side. Like all members of the family Clupeidae, there is a single dorsal fin located midway along the body, pelvic fins on abdomen below the dorsal fin, and a short anal fin posteriorly.


  • Up to 10.5 cm (length according to Allen and Erdmann, 2012)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen and M.V. Erdmann, G.R. (2012). Reef fishes of the East Indies. Volumes I-III in: Reef fishes of the East Indies. Tropical Reef Research, Perth, Australia. LIRS catalog number 90162.
  • Leis, J.M. and B.M. Carson-Ewart (2000). Larvae of Indo-Pacific Coastal Fishes Brill, Leiden, pp. 1-850. LIRS catalog number 660.

Other references

  • Leis, J.M. (1986). Vertical and horizontal distribution of fish larvae near coral reefs at Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Marine Biology, 90: 505-516. LIRS catalog number 194.