Araucanian herring

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Araucanian herring
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Clupeiformes
Family: Clupeidae
Subfamily: Clupeinae
Genus: Clupea
Species: C. bentincki
Binomial name
Clupea bentincki
Norman, 1936

Strangomera bentincki (Norman, 1936)

The Araucanian herring, Clupea bentincki, is a fish species in the Clupea genus of the Clupeidae family.[1] It is an epipelagic fish, silvery below and dark blue above, which schools in coastal waters off the west coast of South America. There it filter feeds on smaller plankton such as diatoms. It reaches sexual maturity when it is about 10 centimetres long, and is a pelagic spawner, spawning between June and November.[2]


Global capture of Araucanian herring in tonnes reported by the FAO, 1950–2009[3]

The Araucanian herring is a commercial species, largely used for fishmeal.[3] Based on the FAO fishery statistics, it was the 12th most important capture fish species in 2009. All reported landings are from Chile.[4]


  1. ^ "Clupea bentincki". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved April 2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2012). "Clupea bentincki" in FishBase. April 2012 version.
  3. ^ a b Clupea bentincki (Norman, 1936) FAO, Species Fact Sheet. Retrieved April 2012.
  4. ^ FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) (2011). Yearbook of fishery and aquaculture statistics 2009. Capture production (PDF). Rome: FAO. pp. 27, 221.