Sardinella hualiensis (Chu & Tsai, 1958)
Taiwan sardinella
Sardinella hualiensis
photo by Shao, K.T.

Family:  Dorosomatidae (Gizzard shads and sardinellas)
Max. size:  12.5 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  pelagic-neritic; marine; depth range 0 - 50 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Taiwan and adjacent mainland China south to Hong Kong; now reported in the Philippines.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-21; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 12-23. Total scutes 30 to 32. Vertical striae of scales overlapping or sometimes continuous at center of scale, numerous small perforations on hind part of scale. Tips of caudal fin lobes black, by which it differs from S. brachysoma. From other deep-bodied species in the area which have overlapping or continuous scale striae it differs in having a dark spot at dorsal fin origin.
Biology:  Forms schools in coastal waters.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 02 March 2017 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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