Scientific Name
Sardinops sagax  
Sardinops sagax南美擬沙丁魚
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author (Jenyns, 1842) Depth 0 - 200M
Chinese 南美擬沙丁魚 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 鯡科 Economic Fish Yes 
Family F097 Clupeidae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 擬沙丁魚 
Max Length 39.5 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 鰮仔、沙丁魚、臭肉鰮(臺東)、無鱗鰮仔(澎湖) 
Distribution in World India Ocean to Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan East、West、South、North、North East、PonFu 
Habitats Ocean、Coastal  Holotype Locality Lima, San Lorenzo Island, Peru 
Synonyms Alausa californica, Alosa musica, Arengus sagax, Clupanodon caeruleus, Clupea advena, Clupea caerulea, Clupea lata, Clupea melanosticta, Clupea neopilchardus, Clupea ocellata, Clupea sagax, Meletta caerulea, Sardina caerulea ...all 27..  
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);中國動物誌-鱘形目;海鰱目;鯡形目及鼠鱚目(張, 2001)  Anatole S. Loukashkin (trans.) 1953 Whitehead, P. J. P. 1985 沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 張世義 編著 2001 
Specimen List ASIZP0057986. ASIZP0063243. ASIZP0070530. FRIP21001. NTUM07603.  
Common Name Pacific sardine; Picton herring; Sardina; South American pilchard; Pilchard; Pacific american sardine; Southern African pilchard; Smig; Sardine; Californian pilchard; Chilean sardine; Blue pilchard; Blue-bait; California sardine; Chilean pilchard; Austral 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body slender, rather round in cross-section; abdomen with inconspicuous scutes; total scutes about 23 to 26. Upper without notch at symphysis. The radiating bony striae on the operculum distinguish this species from all other clupeids in the area. Body blue-green above and silvery below, with a series of up to 15 small dark spots, sometimes with a second or even third row below.
habitats A coastal species that forms large schools. Feed mainly on planktonic crustaceans. Young fish feed on zooplankton such as copepod and adults on phytoplankton. Oviparous, with pelagic eggs, and pelagic larvae. Possibly can live up to 25 years. 
Distribution Indo-Pacific from southern Africa to the eastern Pacific. It very rare in Taiwanese waters. 
Utility Marketed fresh, frozen or canned. Utilized mainly for fish meal; but also eaten fried and broiled.