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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.


Tanya Dewey (author), Animal Diversity Web.

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Dewey, T. . "Clupeiformes" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed April 17, 2024 at

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