Sardinella fijiense (Fowler & Bean, 1923)
Fiji sardinella
photo by FAO

 Family:  Clupeidae (Herrings, shads, sardines, menhadens), subfamily: Dorosomatinae
 Max. size:  11.5 cm SL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  pelagic-neritic; depth range 0 - 50 m
 Distribution:  Western Pacific: Papua New Guinea and Fiji. Reported from New Caledonia (Ref. 11889).
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-21; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 12-23. Total scutes 29 or 30; lower gill rakers slender, smooth and numerous. No perforations on hind part of scale. Tips of dorsal and caudal fins dusky or black. Immediately distinguished from all other Sardinella species in the area by its high gill raker count, also the overlapping or continuous scale striae and absence of dorsal spot.
 Biology:  Forms schools in coastal waters. Euryhaline (Ref. 12743). Used as bait in the tuna fishery. Used in Chinese medicine (Ref. 12166).
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 17.10.90
 Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 15.07.13
 Checked by: Froese, Rainer - 15.04.94

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