Fourspot Herring (species: Herklotsichthys quadrimaculatus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Herklotsichthys quadrimaculatus
Fourspot Herring

©Mark Shepherd: Goldspot Herring at Lizard Island

©Mark Shepherd: Goldspot Herring at Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Herklotsichthys quadrimaculatus (lower part of image, a pair of orange spots behind the operculum, deeper body) schooling with Atherinomorus lacunosus (upper part of image, irridescent line on upper back and black spot on upper iris) near mangroves at Mangrove Beach, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Clupeiformes
Family Clupeidae
Genus Herklotsichthys
Species Herklotsichthys quadrimaculatus



Distinguishing features

Two orange spots just behind gill opening, well separated, one above the other. A single dorsal fin.

Clupeids have a single dorsal fin and the pectoral fin inserted low on the side.


  • Size data has not been obtained.

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen and M.V. Erdmann, G.R. (2012). Reef fishes of the East Indies. Volumes I-III in: Reef fishes of the East Indies. Tropical Reef Research, Perth, Australia. LIRS catalog number 90162.