Sardinella fimbriata (Valenciennes, 1847)
Fringescale sardinella
photo by Devarapalli, P.

Family:  Clupeidae (Herrings, shads, sardines, menhadens), subfamily: Dorosomatinae
Max. size:  13 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  pelagic-neritic; brackish; marine; depth range 0 - 50 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: from Kuwait to southern India and Bay of Bengal to the Philippines, also eastern tip of Papua New Guinea. Often confused with Sardinella gibbosa in Indian waters.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-21; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 12-23. Body somewhat compressed but variable; total number of scutes 29 to 33. Vertical striae on scales not meeting at center, hind part of scales with a few perforations and (in Indian Ocean specimens) somewhat produced posteriorly. A dark spot at dorsal fin origin.
Biology:  Forms schools in coastal waters. Misidentifications (especially with S. gibbosa in Indian waters and S. albella in the western Indian Ocean) make published biological data potentially unreliable. Marketed fresh, dried-salted, boiled or made into fish balls.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 02 March 2018 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 08.06.17
Checked by: Froese, Rainer - 18.03.94

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