Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Clupeiformes
(Herrings) > Clupeidae
(Herrings, shads, sardines, menhadens)
Etymology: Dorosoma: Greek, doris = lance + Greek, soma = body (Ref. 45335). More on author: Hubbs.
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; pelagic. Subtropical; 29°N - 20°N
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 14.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 188)
soft rays: 22 - 29. Body moderately deep; belly with 15 to 18 + 9 to 12 scutes. Mouth small. Last dorsal fin ray long, but less the distance from snout tip to pelvic fin base; anal fin relatively short. Scales somewhat small, somewhat irregular. A dark spot behind gill opening. Distinguished from Opisthonema species by its anal fin which is longer than head and well behind dorsal fin base.
North America: Pacific drainage of northwestern Mexico (Río Piaxtla, Río del Fuerte, Río Sinaloa system, Río de Mocorito, Río Muerto, Río Yaqui system, i.e. between Sinaloa and Sonora).
Occurs in rivers and perhaps in lakes. A filter-feeder, its feeding and breeding habits presumably similar to other Dorosoma species. More data needed.
Whitehead, P.J.P., 1985. FAO Species Catalogue. Vol. 7. Clupeoid fishes of the world (suborder Clupeioidei). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of the herrings, sardines, pilchards, sprats, shads, anchovies and wolf-herrings. FAO Fish. Synop. 125(7/1):1-303. Rome: FAO.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: subsistence fisheries
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5312 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00831 (-0.15099 - 0.16761), b=3.07 (2.99 - 3.16), based on LWR estimates for this family-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.45 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (17 of 100) .