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Dorab wolf-herring
Temporal range: 55–0Ma

Eocene to Present
Chirocentrus dorab JNC3219.JPG
Dorab wolf-herring
Chirocentrus dorab Achilles 166.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom:
Phylum:
Class:
Order:
Clupeiformes
Family:
Chirocentridae

Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1846
Genus:
Chirocentrus

Cuvier, 1816
Species:
C. dorab

(Forsskål, 1775)

The dorab wolf-herring (Chirocentrus dorab) is a fish species from the genus Chirocentrus of the family Chirocentridae. It is a coastal fish, silvery below and bright blue above. It is found in both marine and brackish or estuarine waters, feeding on smaller fish and possibly crustaceans. Chirocentrus is from the Greek cheir meaning hand and kentron meaning sting. Dorab is from the Arabic language word darrab (ضرّاب) and the word is probably a corrupted form of durubb (دُرُبّ) the name for goldfish in Arabic. It has another Arabic name, lisan (لسان) which means tongue.

Description

Chirocentrus dorab JNC3221 - Head
Dorab wolf-herring head

Dorab wolf-herring have slender, elongated body. It is commonly about 3–120 centimeters in length and weighs 170–1 200 g.

Range

The Dorab wolf-herring is found in the Indo-Pacific, probably throughout the warmer coastal waters, from the Red Sea and East Africa to the Solomon Islands, north to southern Japan, south to northern Australia. Recently reported from Tonga.

Fisheries

The dorab wolf-herring is a commercial species which is sold fresh, dried, salted or frozen. It is also a game fish.

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