Craterocephalus capreoli Rendahl, 1922
North-west hardyhead
photo by FAO

Family:  Atherinidae (Silversides), subfamily: Craterocephalinae
Max. size:  8.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; brackish; marine
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia to Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Territory, Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 5-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 6-8; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 7-10. Gill rakers short, with spinules, 1-13 on first lower gill arch. Anus very close to origin of fin. Second dorsal fin with I spine, 6-8 rays; anal fin with I spine and 7-10 rays. Midlateral scales 29-33.
Biology:  Essentially an estuarine species and coastal species, co-occurring with C. pauciradiatus, C. mugiloides and Atherinomorus endrachtensis. Biology not known except that it can withstand very high salinities. Probably taken as food by larger commercial species. (Ref. 9760).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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