Gonialosa modesta (Day, 1870)
Burmese river gizzard shad
Gonialosa modesta
photo by FAO

 Family:  Clupeidae (Herrings, shads, sardines, menhadens), subfamily: Dorosomatinae
 Max. size:  10 cm SL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  pelagic, amphidromous
 Distribution:  Asia: rivers and associated water bodies of Myanmar (Sittang River, Bassein River as high as Een-gay-gyee Lake, also Selwein River at Moulmein, south to Tenasserim River, but presumably also in the Irrawaddy).
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 22-28. Belly with 16 to 19 (usually 17 or 18) + 10 to 12 (usually 11), total 27 to 30 (usually 29) scutes. Upper jaw expanded at tip, but distinctly turned down, second supra-maxilla small (about half length of pre-maxilla). Scales moderate or small; pre-dorsal scales paired and overlapping in midline. Gill rakers fine and numerous (90 to 180 on lower arch). A dark spot behind gill opening.
 Biology:  Occurs in rivers, pools and lakes. More data needed.
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 17.10.90
 Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 16.07.13
 Checked by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 26.07.94

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