New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia
Extra Distribution Information
Shark Bay, WA (25º21´S) to off Iluka, NSW (29º24´S); tropical, Indo-west Pacific.
Timor Transition (1), Northern Shelf Province (25), Northwest Shelf Transition (26), Northwest Shelf Province (27), Central Western Shelf Transition (28), Central Western Shelf Province (29), Central Eastern Shelf Transition (39), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)
D. VIII, I+24-26; A. II, I+20-22; P. i+18-19; G.R. 12+27-30; CLS. 45-48; SLS. 14-18 scales, 26-29 scutes; vertebrate 10+14. Adipose eyelid fairly developed, leaving an anterior half of eye. Minute teeth in anterior portion of lower jaw, none in upper jaw, palatines and vomer, rudimentary on tongue. Breast scaly. Pectoral girdle without groove. Finlets none. Metallic blue above, silvery white below, with a broad yellow stripe from upper margin of eye to caudal peduncle; prominent black opercular spot encroaching onto shoulder; dorsal, anal, and caudal fins pale to dusky yellow; pelvic fins white.
Occurs in large demersal schools over soft bottom habitats at depths shallower than 50 m. Sometimes ascends into freshwater reaches; encountered in the freshwater tidal zone in the Mekong delta. Ostracods, gastropods and euphausiids are common prey but sm
Broadly distributed in tropical and subtropical waters of Indo-West Pacific. It is commonly found in all Taiwanese waters, mainly in the southwestern part.