Hyperlophus vittatus

Sandy sprat
Hyperlophus vittatus
Hyperlophus vittatus


Temperate Australasia


Sandy colour and broad silver stripe along the side. It also has a slightly serrated edge along the belly and in front of the dorsal fin, caused by overlapping scales. Small schooling fish, which occur abundantly in sheltered bays and are sold occasionally as bait.


Max Size: 10 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 10.6-23.8°C

Depth: 0-5m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Infrequent (1.7% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Large aggregations (486 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney