Blue sprat
  • Spratelloides delicatulus
  • English Name : Blue sprat
  • Local Name : Hondeli Size : Max. 7 cm
  • Family : Order : Specimen :
  • CLUPEIDAE Clupeiformes MRS/0034/86
  • Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 11-13 rays. Anal fin with 10 or 11 rays. Pectoral fin with 11 – 13 rays. Slender, subcylindrical body. Pectoral fin shorter than snout and eye together. Dorsal fin at mid body of fish. Pelvic fin below the base of dorsal fin. Anal fin near the caudal, belly smooth. Body covered with thin, delicate scales.
  • Colour: Dark bluish on back, sides and belly silvery. Fins hyaline.
  • Habitat and Biology: Pelagic and usually inshore, occurs in large schools within the atolls.
  • Distribution: Indo-Pacific.
  • Remarks: Spratelloides delicatulus is widely used bait for pole and line tuna fishing in the Maldives. It does, however, appear to be much commoner in the south of the country than in the center and north.