South American pilchard

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South American pilchard
Catch of Pacific sardines.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Clupeiformes
Family: Clupeidae
Subfamily: Incertae sedis
Genus: Sardinops
C. L. Hubbs, 1929
Species: S. sagax
Binomial name
Sardinops sagax
(Jenyns, 1842)

The South American pilchard (Sardinops sagax) is a sardine of the Family Clupeidae, the only member of the genus Sardinops. It is found in the Indo-Pacific oceans. Its length is up to 40 cm. It has other names, some of which more appropriately refer to subspecies, including blue pilchard, Australian pilchard (S. neopilchardus), blue-bait, Californian pilchard (S. caeruleus), Chilean sardine (S. sagax), Japanese pilchard (S. melanostictus), Pacific sardine, and Southern African pilchard (S. ocellatus).

See also[edit]


  • Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2006). "Sardinops sagax" in FishBase. May 2006 version.
  • Ayling, T. & G. Cox. Collins Guide to the Sea Fishes of New Zealand. William Collins Publishers Ltd., Auckland, New Zealand. 1982. ISBN 0-00-216987-8