Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Clupeiformes
(Herrings) > Clupeidae
(Herrings, shads, sardines, menhadens) > Dorosomatinae
Etymology: Amblygaster: Greek, amblys = darkness + Greek, gaster = stomach (Ref. 45335). More on author: Walbaum.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 10 - 75 m (Ref. 12260). Tropical; 35°N - 28°S, 31°E - 178°W (Ref. 188)
Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea and Mozambique to the Philippines, north to Taiwan and Okinawa (Japan), south to New Guinea, the Arafura Sea (Ref. 9819), northern Australia, and Fiji.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm 15.0  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 27.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 54980); common length : 20.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 188); max. reported age: 8 years (Ref. 1488)
soft rays: 12 - 23. This species is distinguished by the following characters: body slender, almost cylindrical; pelvic fin rays I,7;last 2 anal-fin rays enlarged; scutes not prominent; differs from A. clupeoides and A. leiogaster by the presence of a series of 10-20 gold spots when alive (black when preserved) down the flank (but sometimes missing) and more lower gill rakers; differs from Sardinops species by the absence of a bony radiating striae on its operculum; differs from Sardinella species by its fewer pelvic fin rays and lower gill rakers .
A pelagic, schooling species occurring in coastal waters and lagoons (Ref. 53568). In Panggang Island, Indonesia it was recorded in temperatures of 28.5-29.8°C and salinities of 31.6-32.3 ppt (Ref. 823). Feeds mainly on copepods, nauplii and zoea larvae, larval bivalves and gastropods, as well as Peridinium and Ceratium. Used as bait in the tuna fishery.
Spawn in school (Ref. 205).
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. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: commercial; bait: usually
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 26.2 - 29.1, mean 28.2 (based on 1152 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5625 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00851 (0.00736 - 0.00984), b=3.05 (3.01 - 3.09), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this species (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.9 ±0.30 se; Based on food items.
Generation time: 0.9 (0.8 - 1.3) years. Estimated as median LN(3)/K based on 22 growth studies.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (K=0.37-3.74; tm=1; tmax=8; Fec > 10,000).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (17 of 100) .