Teleostei (teleosts) > Clupeiformes
(Herrings) > Dorosomatidae
(Gizzard shads and sardinellas))
Etymology: Sardinella: Latin and Greek, sarda = sardine; name related to the island of Sardinia; diminutive (Ref. 45335).
More on author: Valenciennes.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; pelagic-neritic; depth range 0 - 50 m (Ref. 188). Tropical
Western Indian Ocean: off Madagascar and Mauritius. Outside distribution probably referring to another species.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 16.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 108763); common length : 10.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 188)
This species is distinguished by the following set of characters: caudal fin with black posterior margin; black spot on the dorsal-fin origin; lateral body scales with centrally discontinuous vertical striae, no perforations or pores posteriorly; body scales deciduous; pelvic fin with one unbranched and seven branched rays; anal fin with three unbranched and 17-19 (modally
17) branched rays; gill rakers of first gill arch, on upper limb 49-60 (49), lower limb 88-106 (92), total 137-158 (142); scutes on ventral edge of body 17-19 (18) + 12-14 (13) = 29-32 (31); pseudobranchial filaments 15-19 (15); head short, its length 22.7-24.9% SL; anal-fin base long, with length 16.7-18.5% SL; upper jaw relatively short, its length 9.6-10.7% SL; lower jaw is relatively short, its length 10.3-11.7% SL (Ref. 128123).
Forms schools in coastal waters.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Hata, H. and H. Motomura, 2019. Validity of Sardinella dayi Regan 1917 and redescription of Sardinella jussieui (Valenciennes 1847) (Teleostei: Clupeiformes: Clupeidae). Ichthyol. Res. 67(2):287-293 [1-7]. (Ref. 128123)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 26.1 - 28.6, mean 27.3 °C (based on 46 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00832 (0.00386 - 0.01791), b=3.05 (2.88 - 3.22), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 2.9 ±0.3 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Generation time: 3.0 ( na - na) years. Estimated as median ln(3)/K based on 1 growth studies.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (30 of 100).