Nematalosa resticularia Nelson & McCarthy, 1995
Gulf gizzard shad
photo by FAO

Family:  Clupeidae (Herrings, shads, sardines, menhadens), subfamily: Dorosomatinae
Max. size:  17 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  pelagic-neritic; marine
Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: Persian Gulf, possibly west to Somalia based on one specimen, previously identified both as Nematalosa nasus and as Nematalosa arabica.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0. Prepectoral scutes usually 8. Expanded third infraorbital bone with the anterior end vertical or nearly so. Supraorbital grooves lacking.
Biology:  Pelagic. Filter feeders (Ref. 68964).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 17 July 2017 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 25.11.95
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 30.10.15

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