Common silverbiddy
  • Gerres oyena
  • EnglishName: Common silverbiddy
  • Local Name : Uniya
  • Size : Common to 15 cm; max. 25 cm
  • Family: GERREIDAE
  • Order : Perciformes
  • Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 9 spines and 10 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 7 rays. Pectoral fin with 15 or 17 rays. Body depth 3.0-3.3 in standard length. Body very slender. Second anal spine slender and short, equal to or shorter than eye diameter. Caudal fin deeply forked. -Colour: Pale olive above to silvery below. 7 or 8 faint dusky bars on sides of body, more pronounced in juveniles. Prominent black tips to spinous part of dorsal fin. Caudal fin uniformly dusky.
  • Habitat and Biology: Occurs along sandy beaches to a depth of 20 m. Also enters estuaries and brackish lagoons. Feeds on small organisms living on sandy bottoms.
  • Distribution: Indo-Pacific.
  • Remarks: Gerres oyena is common in shallow sandy lagoons of Maldives