Sardinella jussieu (Lacep├Ęde, 1803)
Mauritian sardinella
Sardinella jussieu
photo by FAO

Family:  Clupeidae (Herrings, shads, sardines, menhadens), subfamily: Dorosomatinae
Max. size:  16.5 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  pelagic-neritic; depth range 0 - 50 m
Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: western coasts of southern India, from Bombay south to Sri Lanka; also to Madagascar and Mauritius. Northwest Pacific: Taiwan (Ref. 12711), Hong Kong (Ref. 31075) and Viet Nam (Ref. 9706).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-21; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 12-23. Total number of scutes 31 or 32. Lower gill rakers 88 to 126 (in fishes 9.5 to 11 cm standard length, strongly increasing with size of fish). Vertical striae on scales not meeting at center. The only other species of Sardinella with such a high gill raker count (more than 87) is S. fijiense (black caudal tips, western Pacific).
Biology:  Forms schools in coastal waters.
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 02 March 2018 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 25.04.18
Checked by: Froese, Rainer - 18.03.94

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