Introduction: Cape silversides (Atherina breviceps) have a fairly small head on an elongated body. The fins are well-developed with 2 separate fins set well back on the body. They are a common fish, endemic to coastal and estuarine waters, found in reasonably large shoals. Preyed upon by a wide variety of gamefish and sea going birds. Atherina is Old Greek for 'smell' and brevicepsmeans 'short head'.
Diet: Feeds on copepods, crab larvae and large plankton.
Colouration: The upper surface is a dusky colour, speckled with black pigmentations. There is a very bright, sliver, lateral stripe down each side.
Breeding: The adhesive filaments on large eggs allows them to be attached to plants.
Max size: 10cm.
visit the Kolmanskop Ghost town near Luderitz
trip into the Sperrgebiet (forbidden diamond area) with visits to the abandonded mining town of Pomona & the rock arch at Bogenfels
Several cruises around Luderitz harbour, options include sunset cruises & a visit to an oyster farm