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Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Clupeiformes  
 Family Clupeidae  
 Genus Sardinops  
  Sardinops sagax  (Jenyns, 1842) 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms:Alausa californicaAlosa musicaArengus sagaxClupanodon caeruleusClupea advenaClupea caeruleaClupea lataClupea melanostictaClupea neopilchardusClupea ocellataClupea sagax details
Citation: 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)
Character: 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. 
Habitat: 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. 
Name Code: 380971
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