Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Actinopterygii > Order: Atheriniformes > Family: Atherinidae > Genus: Atherina > Species: Atherina hepsetus

Mediterranean sand smelt - Atherina hepsetus Linnaeus, 1758

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Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)

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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.


Not evaluated


Least Concern


Not evaluated

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

Not available

Legal status

Not listed in legal texts

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Abichon Spanish Fishbase
Aterina Albanian Fishbase
Aterina Russian Fishbase
Aterina Turkish Fishbase
Aterina adevarata Romanian Fishbase
Aterina mare Romanian Fishbase
Ateryna atlantycka Polish Fishbase
Cabasson French Fishbase
Ceulet French Fishbase
Chuclet Spanish Fishbase
Chucleto Spanish Fishbase
Gavuni Serbian Fishbase
gemeiner Ährenfisch German Fishbase
Gümüs Turkish Fishbase
Hopeakylki Finnish Fishbase
Jeclet Spanish Fishbase
Joel French Fishbase
Juel French Fishbase
Kleine koornaavis Dutch Fishbase
Koornaarvis Dutch Fishbase
Kurunella Maltese Fishbase
Kurunetta Maltese Fishbase
Latterino sardaro Italian Fishbase
Mediterranean sand smelt English Fishbase
Melet French Fishbase
Paragaiu French Fishbase
Pege reye Spanish Fishbase
Peixe sense sang Spanish Fishbase
Peixe-rei Portuguese Fishbase
Peixe-rei-do-alto Portuguese Fishbase
Pejerrey Spanish Fishbase
Pez rey Spanish Fishbase
Prästfisk Swedish Fishbase
Prêtre French Fishbase
Sauclet French Fishbase
Serclet Spanish Fishbase
Siauclet French Fishbase
Siouclet French Fishbase
Smelt English Fishbase
Srebarka Bulgarian Fishbase
Stribefisk Danish Fishbase
Xanguet Spanish Fishbase
Xasclet Spanish Fishbase
Xuclet y mochó Spanish Fishbase
Zelenisi Serbian Fishbase
Synonym Author
Athaerina athaerina Nardo, 1827
Atherina (Atherina) hepsetus Linnaeus, 1758
Atherina athaerina Nardo, 1827

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
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ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Synonym) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
WoRMS World Register of Marine Species

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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