Engraulicypris sardella (Günther, 1868)
Lake Malawi sardine
Engraulicypris sardella
photo by FAO

Family:  Danionidae (Danios), subfamily: Chedrinae
Max. size:  13 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; freshwater
Distribution:  Africa: Lake Malawi and upper Shire River (Ref. 2801, 4967).
Diagnosis:  Steely blue coloration on upper part and silvery blue on lower part of the body. Dorsal-fin origin above anal-fin origin.
Biology:  Caught using plunge nets, chirimilas or beach seines (lamparas) with light (Ref. 4967). Occurs over sandy bottoms in the morning and move a little offshore later during the day (Ref. 5595). Forms schools (Ref. 4365).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 23 May 2018 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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