UK Record Weights from
MAFF Minimum Size: Shore:
Slim-bodied fish, with small head but having large eyes. The large mouth is set at an oblique angle to the headline.
Two well separated dorsal fins are present, with the anterior one being composed of 7 to 8 (9) slender rays, whilst the posterior fin is made up of branched rays. The anal fin sits below the second dorsal fin, and has a slightly longer base.It has two thin anterior spines, followed by 13 to 16 branched rays. The caudal fin shows a degree of forking. The body scales are small but firmly attached, with some 53 to 57 scales between the pectoral fin base and the tail fin.
Colouration of the back and upper sides are a translucent green with black specks on the scale edges, with an intense broad silvery band across the sides, that passes into the white of the belly.
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