Herklotsichthys gotoi Wongratana, 1983
Goto's herring
Herklotsichthys gotoi
photo by FAO

Family:  Clupeidae (Herrings, shads, sardines, menhadens), subfamily: Dorosomatinae
Max. size:  9 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  pelagic-neritic; depth range 0 - 50 m, anadromous
Distribution:  Western Central Pacific: New Guinea (Mimika River) and northern Australia (Gulf of Carpentaria).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-21; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 12-23. Distinguished from most other Australian Herklotsichthys by lacking spots on the flank, except for a single dark spot behind gill cover and lacking elongate wing-like scales underneath the normal paired pre-dorsal scales. Lacks the 3 distinct dark lines along upper flank; no dark tip to dorsal fin.
Biology:  Schools in coastal waters and appears to enter estuaries, if not to ascend some way up to rivers.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 02 March 2017 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 16.07.13
Checked by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 17.07.94

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