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Wolf herrings are the members of the Chirocentridae family. They have elongate and compressed body, fang-like canine teeth and small scales. Their dorsal fin shorter than anal fin and set well behind midpoint of body. Their back are blue or green and their flanks silvery. They do not have scutes and lateral line on flanks.

Wolf herrings are widely distributed in tropical and subtropical Indo-Pacific region, from the Red Sea and East Africa south to Durban, to western Pacific including Japan, the Philippines, and south to northern Australia. They are primarily coastal fishes and found usually in small schools. They are predator fishes, feeding mainly on other fishes.

There is only one genus and 2 species of Chirocentridae worldwide. Malaysia has both species.


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Scientific Name: Chirocentrus nudus  Swainson, 1839
English Name: Whitefin Wolf Herring
French Name: Chirocentre sabre
Mandarin Name: 西刀鱼 (Xi dāo)
Local Malay Name: Ikan Rarang, Parang-parang
Main Diagnostic Features: Dorsal fin entirely white or colourless.
Size: Maximum 100 cm standard length.