Australian herring

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Arripis georgianus
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Arripidae
Genus: Arripis
Species: A. georgianus
Binomial name
Arripis georgianus
(Valenciennes, 1831)

Arripis georgianus, known as the ruff, tommy ruff, Australian ruff or the Australian herring, is one of four Australasian fish species within the Arripis genus. It closely resembles its 'cousin', the Australian salmon Arripis trutta, although it grows to a smaller size.[1] Like the other members of its genus, it is found in cooler waters around the southern coast of Australia.[2] It is not biologically related to the herring family Clupeidae.

Further vernacular names of this fish in Australia include bull herring, herring, rough, ruffies, sea herring, tommy, tommy rough and South Australian roughy. Ruff is the global fisheries name used by FAO.


  1. ^ * Juvenile Eastern Australian Salmon video on Youtube
  2. ^ * Dianne J. Bray, 2011, Australian Herring, Arripis georgianus, in Fishes of Australia, accessed 10 Sep 2014,

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