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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Atheriniformes
Family: Notocheiridae
L. P. Schultz, 1950


The surf sardines are a small family, Notocheiridae, of saltwater atheriniform fish found in tropical and temperate seas in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

They are small fish, typically less than 8 cm (3.1 in) in length, with silver stripes and a keel-shaped underside. They form large schools, and are often found in the surf close to the shore, hence their common name.[2]

One species is in Notocheirus and five are in Iso, the latter sometimes is separated into family Isonidae.


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). "Notocheiridae" in FishBase. Junge 2012 version.
  2. ^ Allen, Gerald R. (1998). Paxton, J.R.; Eschmeyer, W.N., eds. Encyclopedia of Fishes. San Diego: Academic Press. p. 156. ISBN 0-12-547665-5.