Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Clupeiformes
(Herrings) > Clupeidae
(Herrings, shads, sardines, menhadens) > Dorosomatinae
Etymology: Nannothrissa: Latin, nannus = small + Greek, thrissa, -es = shad (Ref. 45335). More on authors: Poll & Roberts.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; pelagic. Tropical; 0°S - 3°S
Africa: Lake Mai-Ndombe in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Ref. 188, 28136, 94752).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 2.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 188)
soft rays: 17 - 19;
Vertebrae: 38 - 39. Diagnosis: Body slender or moderate, depth about 25% of standard length; scutes a little behind isthmus, very strongly keeled, 9-10 pre-pelvic and 7-9 post-pelvic scutes; lower jaw very slightly projecting, toothless; no teeth on premaxillae or maxillae; posterior supra-maxilla as deep as maxilla blade and with long slender anterior shaft; lower gillrakers 20-23; pelvic fin with 1 unbranched and 6-7 branched rays, its insertion just below dorsal fin origin; anal fin rays 17-19; scales in lateral series 34-35 (Ref. 188, 94752). It differs from Nannothrissa parva in having fewer gillrakers, 20-23 vs. 24-31, fewer anal fin rays, 17-19 vs. 20-23, and fewer scales in lateral series, 34-35 vs. 35-40 (Ref. 188, 94752).
A lacustrine species in acid waters (Ref. 188).
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. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: subsistence fisheries
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.7500 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00912 (0.00433 - 0.01920), b=3.03 (2.86 - 3.20), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.0 ±0.3 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .