Scientific Name
Herklotsichthys punctatus  
Herklotsichthys punctatus斑點似青鱗魚
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author (Rüppell, 1837) Depth 0 - 10M
Chinese 斑點似青鱗魚 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 鯡科 Economic Fish Yes 
Family F097 Clupeidae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 斑點似青鱗魚 
Max Length 8.5 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 斑點青鱗、青鱗仔、鰮仔 
Distribution in World India Ocean to West Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan PonFu 
Habitats Ocean、Coastal、Lagoon、Coral&Sand  Holotype Locality Red Sea 
Synonyms Clupea punctata, Harengula arabica, Harengula punctatus, Herclotsichthys punctatus, Herklosichthys punctatus, Herklostichthys punctatus, Herkloteichthys punctatus, Herklotsichthys punctata, Spratella erythraea   
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)  Whitehead, P. J. P. 1985 沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 張世義 編著 2001 
Specimen List NMMBP05502. NMMBP05650.  
Common Name Spotted herring; Spotback herring; Spotted berring 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body slender, depth 18 to 30% of standard length; abdomen strongly keeled with 16-17 prepelvic and 11-12 postpelvic scutes; 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; A series of dark spots along flanks; dorsal fin without prominent markings.
habitats Forms schools in coastal waters. 
Distribution Distributed in Western Indian Ocean from Red Sea and possibly Gulf of Aden; an immigrant into eastern Mediterranean; and possibly found in Taiwan. 
Utility Marketed fresh, dried and dried salted or made into fish balls.