Teleostei (teleosts) > Clupeiformes
(Herrings) > Dorosomatidae
(Gizzard shads and sardinellas))
Etymology: Dorosoma: Greek, doris = lance + Greek, soma = body (Ref. 45335).
More on authors: Hubbs & Miller.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; pelagic. Subtropical; 29°N - 20°N
North America: Pacific drainage of northwestern Mexico (Río Piaxtla, Río del Fuerte, Río Sinaloa system, Río de Mocorito, Río Muerto, Río Yaqui system, i.e. between Sinaloa and Sonora).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 14.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 188)
soft rays: 22 - 29. Body moderately deep; belly with 15 to 18 + 9 to 12 scutes. Mouth small. Last dorsal fin ray long, but less the distance from snout tip to pelvic fin base; anal fin relatively short. Scales somewhat small, somewhat irregular. A dark spot behind gill opening. Distinguished from Opisthonema species by its anal fin which is longer than head and well behind dorsal fin base.
Occurs in rivers and perhaps in lakes. A filter-feeder, its feeding and breeding habits presumably similar to other Dorosoma species. More data needed.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Whitehead, P.J.P., 1985. FAO Species Catalogue. Vol. 7. Clupeoid fishes of the world (suborder Clupeoidei). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of the herrings, sardines, pilchards, sprats, shads, anchovies and wolf-herrings. FAO Fish. Synop. 125(7/1):1-303. Rome: FAO. (Ref. 188)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: subsistence fisheries
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5312 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00891 (0.00425 - 0.01868), b=3.05 (2.88 - 3.22), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.45 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).