Inland Silverside

Inland Silverside
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Inland Silverside

The silverside is one of the most frequently captured species during our seventh grade seine surveys.  The silverside is almost transparent and can be confused with the Bay Anchovy.  The silverside can be identified by the bold silver stripe running along the sides of the body and by the relatively small mouth size (when compared to the larger mouthed anchovy.)  Silversides feed upon tiny invertebrates that they capture on or just beneath the surface.

 

Silversides are an important food species for many other fish.  As a defensive technique, silversides will form large schools and turn in unison, creating an image of a single large fish to a would be predator.

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