Scientific Name
Herklotsichthys quadrimaculatus  
Herklotsichthys quadrimaculatus四點似青鱗魚
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author (Rüppell, 1837) Depth 0 - 10M
Chinese 四點似青鱗魚 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 鯡科 Economic Fish Yes 
Family F097 Clupeidae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 藍帶似青鱗魚 
Max Length 15 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 四點青鱗、青鱗仔、鰮仔、扁仔 
Distribution in World India Ocean to West Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan East、West、South、North、PonFu 
Habitats Ocean、Coastal、Lagoon、Coral&Sand  Holotype Locality Bay of Massawa, Eritrea, Red Sea 
Synonyms Alausa schrammi, Alausa schrammii, Clupea dubia, Clupea fasciata, Clupea harengula dubia, Clupea mauritiana, Clupea mizun, Clupea moluccensis, Clupea profundis, Clupea quadrimaculata, Clupea ranelayi, Clupea rechingeri, Clupea schrammi ...all 30..  
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);中國動物誌-鱘形目;海鰱目;鯡形目及鼠鱚目(張, 2001)  沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 張世義 編著 2001 
Specimen List ASIZP0055299. ASIZP0074734. ASIZP0075230. ASIZP0806704. ASIZP0916704. BMNH1979.3.21.305-307. BMNH1979.3.21.308. FRIP03187. NMMBP01112. NMMBP01140. NTUM02020. NTUM02022. NTUM03588.  
Common Name Spotted herring; Bluestripe herring; Blueline herring; Gold spot herring; Four spot herring; Goldspot herring; Gold-spot herring; Fourspot sardine 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body slender, depth 18 to 30% of standard length; abdomen strongly keeled with 16 to 19 (usually 18) prepelvic and 12 to 14 (usually 13) postpelvic scutes (total 29 to 32, usually 31); pelvic scute with ascending arms. Upper jaw rounded, without distinct median notch or cleft. Two supramaxilla present; second asymmetrical. Lower gill rakers on first gill arch 30 to 36. Branchiostegal rays 6. Pelvic-fin insertion about equal with vertical through middle of dorsal fin. Vertical striae on scales continuous across centre of scale. Posterior margin of scales denticulated. Elongate wing-like scales present beneath normal-paired predorsal scales. Body flanks silvery with an electric blue stripe preceded by 1 or 2 orange spots; no series of dark spots along flanks; dorsal fin without prominent markings.
habitats Coastal, pelagic, schooling; forms dense schools during daytime along the shoreline and among reefs in a few metres of water. During night time disperses into deeper waters and moves up into water column, may also move further offshore during night time.  
Distribution Widespread Indo-West Pacific from entire eastern coast of Africa, Madagascar, Mauritius eastward to Japan, including Indonesia, eastern Australia, south to New Caledonia, and eastward to Samoa. It commonly found in western, southern and northern Taiwanese 
Utility Marketed fresh, dried, dried-salted, or made into fish balls or fish meals. Used as bait in the tuna fishery.