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Hawaiian giant herring

Elops hawaiensis

(Image credit: CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research)

Body colour is bluish grey on the upper surface of body, middle to lower part of body silver. The body is very elongated and compressed with a large deeply forked tail fin.

Length: Up to 1.2 m


Coastal waters, bays and estuaries. Juveniles sometimes in freshwater streams; 0-50 m depth

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Their distribution appears quite widespread, we need more detailed information on its distribution and movements - so in Western Australia, please log this species south of Cape Naturaliste

Related links/info

Species names on the Redmap site are based on the Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota or CAAB (http://www.cmar.csiro.au/caab/). This is updated regularly and lists the approved common name, family, species name and more.

Allen,G. R (2009) " Field Guide to Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-East Asia". Fourth Edition.Western Australian Museum. Perth. Western Australia

Andrewartha,B & Tuma, D. (2007) "Fil-o-fish Australia: Recreational and commercial fish handbook" Balnarring. Victoria. Australia

Number of sightings 1

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