Scientific Name
Hilsa kelee  
Hilsa kelee花點鰣
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Author (Cuvier, 1829) Depth 0 - 10M
Chinese 花點鰣 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 鯡科 Economic Fish Yes 
Family F097 Clupeidae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 花點鰣 
Max Length 30 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 中國鰣 
Distribution in World India Ocean to West Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan PonFu 
Habitats Ocean、Estuary、Coastal、Lagoon、
Holotype Locality Vizagapatam [Vishakhapatnam, India, Bay of Bengal, eastern Indian Ocean] 
Synonyms Alausa brachysoma, Alausa kanagurta, Alosa brevis, Alosa malayana, Clupea durbanensis, Clupea kanagurta, Clupea kelee, Clupea platygaster, Clupea sinensis, Clupeonia blochii, Harengula zeylanica, Hilsa kanagurta, Hilsa kanakurta ...all 18..  
Reference 臺灣脊椎動物誌(1985);中國動物誌-鱘形目;海鰱目;鯡形目及鼠鱚目(張, 2001)  Whitehead, P. J. P. 1985 沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 張世義 編著 2001 
Specimen List
Common Name Five-spot herring; Kelee; Flat herring; Hilsa herring; Kelee shad; Five spot herring 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic A moderate-sized herring-like species with fairly deep and strongly compressed body, abdomen with sharply-keeled 15 to 17 prepelvic and 12 to 14 postpelvic scutes. Mouth terminal; upper jaw with a distinct median notch or cleft when seen from front. Opercle smooth, without bony striae. Gill rakers fine and numerous (about 100 to 175 for fish 7.5 to 23.5 cm of standard length. Vertical striae on scales overlapping at centre of scale; scales fimbriated and with small perforations posteriorly. Scales moderate, lateral scales 39 to 44. A series of small triangular scales above axil of pectoral fins. Body back blue-green, flanks silvery; a black spot behind gill cover, usually followed by up to 10 spots along flank.
habitats Found in coastal waters, enters estuaries and able to tolerate quite low salinities. Feeds chiefly on phytoplankton, but also copepods, molluscan and crustacean larvae, prawns, amphipods and polychaetes. Spawns around February. 
Distribution Distributed in Indo-West Pacific; probably all coasts of Indian Ocean, from Gulf of Oman and Gulf of Aden south to Transkei, South Africa and Madagascar, across the Bay of Bengal, Gulf of Thailand, Java Sea and north to South China Sea and east to Papua N 
Utility Marketed fresh, dried, dried-salted and boiled. Made into fish balls.