Family Atherinidae (silverside)

Actinopteri - Atheriniformes - Atherinidae

Parent taxon: Atheriniformes according to R. Betancur-R et al. 2013

See also Bannikov 2014, Carnevale et al. 2014, Casier 1966 and Jordan 1963

Sister taxa: Atherinopsidae, Atherinopsis, Bedotiidae, Chirostoma, Colpichthys, Isonidae, Melanotaeniidae, Menidia, Mesogasteridae, Palaeoatherina, Pranesus, Pseudomugilidae, Rhamphognathidae, Stenatherina, Telmatherinidae

Subtaxa: Atherina Atherinidarum Atherinomorus Leuresthes Merriamella Zanteclites

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Ecology: nektonic omnivore

Distribution:

• Pliocene of Jamaica (1 collection), United States (1: Florida)

• Miocene of Germany (1), Italy (1), Kazakhstan (2), United States (2: California)

• Eocene of Italy (1), United States (1: Louisiana)

Total: 10 collections including 12 occurrences

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