Scientific Name
Iso rhothophilus  
Iso rhothophilus刀浪花魚
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author (Ogilby, 1895) Depth 0 - 2M
Chinese 刀浪花魚 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 背手銀漢魚科 Economic Fish No 
Family F247 Notocheiridae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 澳洲浪花銀漢魚 
Max Length 7.5 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 沙丁魚 
Distribution in World Australia   Distribution in Taiwan South 
Habitats Coral、Benthos、Coastal  Holotype Locality Maroubra Bay between Port Jackson and Botany Heads, New South Wales, Australia 
Synonyms Iso flosmaris, Tropidostethops rhothophilus, Tropidostethus rhothophilus   
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);The Live Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific, Vol.4(FAO,1999)  沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 Kim, Y.U. etc. 1997 Carpenter, K. E. etc. 1999 
Specimen List BPBMI23226.  
Common Name Surf sardine; Flower of the wave 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body strongly compressed and deepest at pectorals. Head short, its length contained 1.5 times in body depth. Dorsal edge of opercle with notch and small process above it. Mouth small, oblique. Teeth in jaws in single row, covering about half free edge of premaxilla. Teeth present or absent on vomer, always present on basihyal, but absent on palatines. Gill slit present behind last gill arch; gill rakers on lower limb of first gill arch 9 to 14. First dorsal fin with III to VI small, weak spines; second dorsal fin with I spine and 10 to 17 soft rays; anal fin with I spine and 20 to 28 soft rays. Body scales small, cycloid; area between head and first dorsal fin, sides of head, and abdomen naked; midlateral scales 42 to 55. Body translucent with side of body silvery; broad silvery midlateral band terminating in small oval spot before caudal-fin base.
habitats Most commonly found in surf around rocky headlands and along the shoreline, occasionally also in more still waters of river mouths. Very delicate and do not survive handling. 
Distribution Around the coasts of Australia, probably throughout the Pacific Ocean as it has been collected as far north as Taiwan. It is found in southeastern Taiwanese waters. 
Utility No commercial value.