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Marosatherina ladigesi.jpg
Marosatherina ladigesi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Atheriniformes
Family: Telmatherinidae
Munro, 1958


The sail-fin silversides are a family of atheriniform fish, the Telmatherinidae, inhabiting fresh and brackish water. All but the species Kalyptatherina helodes are restricted to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, and most are found solely in the Malili Lake system, consisting of Matano and Towuti, and the small Lontoa (Wawantoa), Mahalona and Masapi.[1][2][3]

They are small fish, typically ranging from 3 to 8 cm (1.2 to 3.1 in) in length,[1] though the largest Paratherina can reach almost twice that size.[3] They are named for the sail-like shape of their first dorsal fin in the males, which are also brightly coloured, compared with the females.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Allen, Gerald R. (1998). Paxton, J.R.; Eschmeyer, W.N., eds. Encyclopedia of Fishes. San Diego: Academic Press. p. 156. ISBN 0-12-547665-5. 
  2. ^ Gray, S.M., and J.S. McKinnon (2006). A comparative description of mating behaviour in the endemic telmatherinid fishes of Sulawesi's Malili Lakes. Environmental Biology of Fishes 75: 471–482
  3. ^ a b Herder, F.; J. Schwarzer; J. Pfaender; R.K. Hadiaty; and U.K. Schliewen (2006). Preliminary checklist of sailfin silversides (Teleostei: Telmatherinidae) in the Malili Lakes of Sulawesi (Indonesia), with a synopsis of systematics and threats. Archived 2014-05-02 at the Wayback Machine. Verhandlungen der Gesellschaft für Ichthyologie Band 5: 139-163.