Body deep, compressed; head short, mouth small; dorsal and anal fins long-based, the soft-rayed portions not greatly elevated; tail fin forked; body and fin bases completely covered in tiny rough scales. Silvery bluish-grey to dark grey above, silvery below; gill cover (operculum) with black edge, and a black spot at pectoral-fin base; outer edge of tail fin dark. To 37 cm.
Silver Sweep form large schools, especially in southern New South Wales. They are omnivores, feeding on zooplankton in the water column and browsing on algae from rocky reefs.
Exposed coastal and offshore rocky reefs, occasionally entering estuaries, juveniles are common in coastal rock pools, to depth of 30 m.
New Zealand and south-eastern Australia. In Victoria, mainly central and eastern waters, occasionally western areas to Victor Harbour SA.
Recorded in Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed