Hilsa kelee

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Kelee shad
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Clupeiformes
Family: Clupeidae
Genus: Hilsa
Regan, 1917
Species: H. kelee
Binomial name
Hilsa kelee
Cuvier, 1829

Alausa brachysoma Bleeker, 1853
Alausa kanagurta Bleeker, 1852
Alosa brevis Bleeker, 1848
Alosa malayana Bleeker, 1866
Clupea durbanensis Regan, 1906
Clupea kanagurta (Bleeker, 1852)
Clupea kelee Cuvier, 1829
Clupea platygaster Günther, 1868
Clupea sinensis Bloch, 1795
Clupeonia blochii Valenciennes, 1847
Harengula zeylanica Hubrecht, 1879
Hilsa kanagurta (Bleeker, 1852)
Macrura brevis (Bleeker, 1848)
Macrura kelee (Cuvier, 1829)
Tenualosa kelee (Cuvier, 1829)

Hilsa kelee, called the kelee shad, fivespot herring and the razorbelly, is a species of shad native to the coasts and estuaries of the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific, generally in tropical waters. It feeds on diatoms and dinoflagellates, and any other small plankton that it can trap in its gillrakers. Some individuals can reach 35 cm, but most are around 16.5 cm. Hilsa kelee is currently considered the only species in the genus Hilsa, although other species have been included in the genus previously.

The species is commercially fished, with 221,899 t landed in 2000, and 35,483 t landed in 2008.[1]


  1. ^ "Hilsa kelee". Fisheries Global Information System. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 

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