IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: herring (English), ilisha (English), sardineta (Espanol), sardina (Espanol)
Ilisha fuerthii (Steindachner, 1875)

Pacific ilisha,     Hachet herring

Elongate, compressed; eye large; forehead concave; mouth oblique, opens up, lower jaw projecting, top jaw not reaching beyond center of eye; jaw teeth small, none at center of top jaws; gill rakers short, thick, few; dorsal fin a little before mid-body, 16 rays; small pelvics present, 6-7 rays, before dorsal fin; anal fin with long base, origin under last dorsal rays, 46-50; scales of moderate size with sharp keel of 23-25 + 11-14 scutes along belly.

Overall silvery; pectoral and tail yellow, pectoral with a black tip.

Size: to 28.5 cm.

Habitat: coastal seas, frequently entering estuaries and brackish river mouths.

Depth: 0-10 m?

Central Mexico to northern Peru.


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