Dorab wolf-herring

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Dorab wolf-herring
Temporal range: 55–0 Ma

Eocene to Present[1]
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Dorab wolf-herring
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Clupeiformes
Family: Chirocentridae
Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1846
Genus: Chirocentrus
Cuvier, 1816
Species: Chirocentrus dorab
(Forsskål, 1775)

The dorab wolf-herring, Chirocentrus dorab is a fish species from the Chirocentrus genus of the Chirocentridae family.[2] It is a coastal fish, silvery below and bright blue above. It is found in both marine and brackish or estuarine waters, feeding on smaller fish and possibly crustaceans.[3] Chirocentrus is from the Greek cheir meaning hand and kentron meaning sting. Dorab is from the Arabic language word darrab (ضرّاب) and the word is probably a corrupted form of durubb (دُرُبّ) the name for goldfish in Arabic.[4] It has another Arabic name, lisan (لسان) [4] which means tongue.


Indo-Pacific: probably throughout the warmer coastal waters, from the Red Sea and East Africa to the Solomon Islands, north to southern Japan, south to northern Australia. Recently reported from Tonga.[3]


Global capture of Dorab wolf-herrings in tonnes reported by the FAO, 1950–2009 [5]

The dorab wolf-herring is a commercial species which is sold fresh, dried, salted or frozen. It is also a game fish.[5]


  1. ^ Sepkoski, Jack (2002). "A compendium of fossil marine animal genera". Bulletins of American Paleontology. 364: 560. Archived from the original on 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  2. ^ "Chirocentrus dorab". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved April 2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ a b Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Chirocentrus dorab" in FishBase. December 2013 version.
  4. ^ a b An Arabic Zoological Dictionary by Amin Malouf MD. 1985 edition page 86 (Dar Al Rayid Al Arabi)
  5. ^ a b Chirocentrus dorab (Forsskål, 1775) FAO, Species Fact Sheet. Retrieved April 2012.