The Latin name of this fish is Atherina mochon. It is found along Italy’s sea coasts and in fresh water including lakes such as the Trasimeno. This fish deposits multiple batches of eggs over a course of a few days (approximately 600 eggs per female). The eggs are 2 mm in diameter and have protruding filaments which help the eggs attach onto rocks. This small fish, about 7-8 cm long, has a tasty and fragrant meat that is commonly served fried and eaten whole. They can also be marinated or served au gratin.
Small fish with a thin and elongated body, large eyes, small fins on the back and belly, forked caudal fin. With shiny, silvery scales, a greyish-green back with a brownish reticular pigmentation and a blackish-silvery band along the sides. White belly. Length of approximately 7-10 cm. Highly prized, tasty meat.