Morphology Data of Sardinella rouxi
Identification keys
Main Ref. Whitehead, P.J.P., 1985
Appearance refers to Male; Female
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 moderately deep, belly fairly sharply keeled (Ref. 188). Lower gillrakers 30-40 (Ref. 188). A black or golden spot behind gill opening; upper part of pectoral fin dusky; caudal fin pale yellow with dusky hind margin (Ref. 188). Sardinella rouxi resembles S. maderensis, which has more gillrakers and a grey caudal fin, its tips almost black (Ref. 188). It is distinguished from small S. aurita by having 1 unbranched and 7 branched pelvic fin rays vs. 1 unbranched and 8 branched in S. aurita, and no black spot on hind part of gill cover (Ref. 188).

Description: Body moderately deep (Ref. 188, 81269, 81631). Lower limb of first gill arch with 30-40 gill rakers (Ref. 81269, 81631). Dorsal fin with 16-19 fin rays; anal fin with 16-21 fin rays; pelvic fin with 8 fin rays (Ref. 81269, 81631). Scales cycloid: 42-45 in a longitudinal series to the base of caudal fin; 13 transversal scales in front of ventral fins; 16-19 prepelvic and 12-14 postpelvic mid-ventral scutes (Ref. 81269, 81631, 86940).

Colouration: Ground colour silvery with golden reflections; dorsal areas, snout and chin greyish-brown; a black or golden spot behind gill opening (Ref. 81269, 81631). Upper part of pectoral fins dark; caudal fin brownish-yellow, with a darker posterior margin (Ref. 81269, 81631).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Sardinella rouxi

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series 42 - 45
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 30 - 40
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 16 - 19
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 16 - 21

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     0
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  behind origin of D1
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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