- Tusked Silverside are a species of fish typically found in Queensland in shallower waters amongst reef or in brackish water estuaries.
- They are a small, slender fish with a somewhat transparent body. Their name comes from the tusk-like structure present near their throat.
- The Tusked Silverside feeds on tiny crustaceans and zooplankton.
- They are a schooling fish and are often seen in large groups, providing a mesmerising sight when they move in a synchronised fashion.
- Their semi-transparent bodies act as a form of camouflage, making it harder for predators to spot them, especially in sun-dappled waters.
- They usually breed during the warmer months. However, like many fish species, the specific timing can vary depending on the region and environmental conditions.
- Their estimated average lifespan is between 1.5 – 3 years.
Aquarium, Snorkeling & Diving
The Tusked Silverside are a small, schooling fish which are easy to identify for snorkelers and divers around reefs. Their shiny bodies and mesmerising schooling behaviour also make them a interesting species to have in home aquariums.
Species: Dentatherina Merceri
The Tusked Silverside’s conservation status in Australia is classified as “Least Concern.” However, it is essential to verify this information with more recent sources for up-to-date status.
As Aquarium Fish
Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 60 gallons
- Snorkeling & Scuba
Location: Inner Reef, Lagoon