Atherinopsidae - silversides

Silversides are small elongated schooling fishes. They have two separate dorsal fins, the first dorsal fin being all spines. The pectoral fins sit high on the sides of the body. All have a lateral silvery stripe. Of no particular commercial value except as bait, these fishes are important forage fishes for other commercial species. They are noted for their interest in surface objects, butting into and jumping over floating objects.