GERRES OYENA - (FORSSKAL, 1775)
Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Gerreidae (Family) > Gerres (Genus)
Blanche gouvernail, blanche commune, Breton blanc, Slankstekel-plooibek, Slenderspine pursemouth, Black-tip silverbelly, Black-tipped silver-biddy, Blacktip mojarra, Blacktip silverbiddy, Common mojarra, Common silver-biddy, Common silvery-biddy, Cotton silverbiddy, Darnley Island silverbelly, Longtail silverbiddy, Oceanic silver biddy, Oyena mojarra, Pacific silver-biddy, Shining silver-belly, Singapore silver-biddy, Slender silver belly, Kurosagi, Minami-kurosagi, Melanúria comum, Mojarra común, Bedh Arabi, Badeh Mahaly,
Diapterus kapas (Bleeker, 1851)
Diapterus oyena (Forsskål, 1775)
Gerreomorpha rostrata (Alleyne & MacLeay, 1877)
Gerres australis (Castelnau, 1875)
Gerres carinatus (Alleyne & MacLeay, 1877)
Gerres kapas (Bleeker, 1851)
Gerres oynea (Forsskål, 1775)
Gerres socotranus (Steindachner, 1902)
Gerres splendens (De Vis, 1884)
Labrus oeyena (Forsskål, 1775)
Labrus oyena (Forsskål, 1775)
Labrus öyena (Forsskål, 1775)
Smaris oyena (Forsskål, 1775)
Xystaema kapas (Bleeker, 1851)
Xystaema oyena (Forsskål, 1775)
Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 7. Body silvery with 6-8 irregular, faint dusky oblique and vertical bands dorsolaterally and ventrolaterally (usually more apparent in young stressed or preserved specimens. U-shaped premaxilla groove mostly without scales (tiny scales anteriorly in specimens over 13 cm SL). Posterior margin of maxillary beyond a vertical through anterior margin of pupil. Supraneural bones 3. Spinous dorsal fin with an indistinct dusky patch (2nd-6th spines) and very narrow dusky distal margins on upper membranes between spines. Scales between 5th dorsal fin spine and lateral line 3-4, usually 3.5. Pelvic fin when fresh is semi-transparent or dull yellow color with an indistinct dusky band and dull white distal margin posteriorly ; pectoral fins reaches beyond level of anus; caudal fin forked deeply and with long lobes. Max length : 30.0 cm TL ; common length : 20.0 cm SL. Depth range 0 - 20 m.
Gerres: Latin, gerres = a kind of anchovies; cited by Plinius.
Indo-Pacific: Red Sea, Persian Gulf to South Africa, east to Marshall and Samoa islands; north to the Ryukyus and south to the Queensland, Australia (Great Barrier Reef) and New Caledonia.
Found along the coast, saltwater lagoons, and estuaries. Also in sand bottoms in sheltered waters near reefs. Occurs singly or in groups. Feeds on small organisms living on sandy bottoms. Utilized as fish meal and duck food. Sold fresh in markets.
Gerres longirostris (Lacepède, 1801) - Reported from New Caledonia - Max length : 44.5 cm TL. Pectoral fins reaches to or beyond level of anal-fin origin; caudal fin forked deeply. Max length : 44.5 cm TL ; common length : 20.0 cm TL. Depth range 0 - 12 m.
Pomadasys argenteus (Forsskål, 1775) - Reported from New Caledonia - Body ovate; head profile almost straight. Mouth small; lips not thickened; two pores and a central groove under the chin. No antrorse spine before the dorsal fin origin; notch between the spinous and soft-rayed portion of the dorsal fin shallow. Color is generally silver-mauve to fawn above, white below. Small specimens with numerous spots aligned horizontally or fused into horizontal lines; large specimens plain or with scattered charcoal scale spots on back and upper sides; the snout is dark brown; the upper operculum charcoal or purplish. Max length : 70.0 cm TL ; common length : 25.0 cm TL. Depth range 15 - 115 m.