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(Clupea harengus)


Category: Fish



One of the most abundant species in the world, the Atlantic herring can be found congregating in large schools on both sides of the Atlantic. It is not unusual for a single school of herring to include several million, or even over a billion individuals! They are an important, nutrient rich food source for many organisms, including whales, seals, cod, and humans. The Atlantic herring fishery is managed by several organizations that work together to develop rules and regulations pertaining to herring harvest.


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Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Actinopterygii
Order - Clupeiformes
Family - Clupeidae
Genus - Clupea
Species - C. harengus
Kingdom -

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Interesting Animal Facts

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The largest, most aggressive female anemonefish rules the roost - she is the dominant member of the social group, and with one breeding male, the only one who reproduces. In anemonefish society, everybody knows where they stand in the hierarchy! So when she leaves the group, everybody moves up one spot - including the largest, most aggressive male, who undergoes a sex change to become the leader (and breeding female) of the group. While undergoing a sex change might sound drastic to humans, it is actually not all that uncommon in other species. Many do it, either naturally or due to environmental factors: fish, invertebrates, amphibians, some reptiles, even the occasional chicken!

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