Herring

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Herring
Atlantic Herring
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Superclass: Osteichthyes
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Clupeiformes
Family: Clupeidae
Genus: Clupea
Linnaeus, 1758
Clupea harengus
Pickled herring to eat.

A herring is a small teleost fish of the genus Cluptea. Best-known of this family is probably the Atlantic Herring. There are 15 different species of herring. When herrings migrate in the water they usually do this in large numbers; this is then called a school of herring. Like other fish, they do this for protection: see shoaling and schooling.

Herrings can be eaten. They are often smoked or pickled.

A red herring is used to describe a plot device in mystery fiction that leads the reader to a wrong solution.