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Local animals in this group:

Clupeiformes

The anchovies and herrings group is a large group of mainly marine fish. There are about 397 species in 6 families. These are small to large sized fish that often travel in large schools. Many species are very important to humans as a source of food, some species form the basis for large, commercial fishing industries.

Contributors

Tanya Dewey (author), Animal Diversity Web.

Glossary

bilateral symmetry

having body symmetry such that the animal can be divided in one plane into two mirror-image halves. Animals with bilateral symmetry have dorsal and ventral sides, as well as anterior and posterior ends.

chemical

uses smells or other chemicals to communicate

motile

having the capacity to move from one place to another.

natatorial

specialized for swimming

tactile

uses touch to communicate

 
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Dewey, T. . "Clupeiformes" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed April 23, 2014 at http://www.biokids.umich.edu/accounts/Clupeiformes/

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