Morphology Data of Sardinella albella
Identification keys
Main Ref. Whitehead, P.J.P., 1985
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs no special organs
Different appearance males alike females
Different colors males alike females

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features none
Body shape lateral fusiform / normal
Cross section compressed
Dorsal head profile more or less straight
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout more or less normal
Position of mouth superior
Type of scales cycloid scales

Diagnosis: Body somewhat compressed but variable, from slender to moderately deep, its depth 25-40% of standard length; total number of scutes 29-33; lower gillrakers 41-68, at 4 to 15 cm standard length, increasing a little with size of fish; vertical striae on scales not meeting at centre, hind part of scale with a few perforations and somewhat produced posteriorly; a dark spot at dorsal fin origin (Ref. 188). It closely resembles Sardinella fimbriata and S. dayi, which have more lower gill rakers, 54-82 in S. fimbriata and 88-126 in S. dayi; and can be confused with S. gibbosa and S. sindensis, which have more scutes, 31-34; other similar species have more scutes or more gillrakers or overlapping scale striae or no spot at dorsal fin origin or caudal tips black, or a combination of some of these features (Ref. 122366).

Description: Body somewhat compressed but variable, from slender to moderately deep, its depth 25-40% of standard length; belly with sharp keel of scutes (Ref. 188, 3259). Lower gillrakers 41-68 (Ref. 188, 3259). More than 8 fronto-parietal striae (Ref. 2871, 9391). Dorsal fin with 4 unbranched and 14-16 branched rays; anal fin with 3 unbranched and 16-20 branched rays; pectoral fin with 1 unbranched and 13-16 branched rays; pelvic fin with 1 unbranched and 7 branched rays (Ref. 3259). Lateral line scales 40-45; predorsal scales paired and overlapping (Ref. 2871, 3259). Total number of scutes 29-33; with 17-19 pre-pelvic scutes and 11-15 post-pelvic scutes (Ref. 188, 3259).

Colouration: Back blue-green; flanks silver; hind margin of caudal fin dusky (Ref. 3259). A small dark spot at dorsal fin origin (Ref. 188, 2871, 9391).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Sardinella albella

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 40 - 45
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Barbels 0
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 41 - 68
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 18 - 20
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 19 - 23

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     0
Soft-rays   14 - 17
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  behind origin of D1
Spines     0
Soft-rays   8 - 8
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Binohlan, Crispina B.
Modified by Boden, Gert
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