Scaled sardine

Harengula jaguana

Family Clupeidae - herring

Body moderately deep, compressed; color green-blue above, sides and belly silvery, faint spot behind opercle; dorsal and caudal fins yellowish with dusky tips; typical herring mouth (short, deep lower jaw hidden by wide rounded upper jaw); belly with serrated keel; no frontal notch in upper jaw; no enlarged scales on back in front of dorsal fin; shoulder under opercle with 2 small lobes.
Similar Species
Similar to the Atlantic thread herring but the scaled sardine does not have an elongated, filamentous last dorsal ray.
Gulf and bay
Maximum Size
21 cm (8 1/2 in), common to 12 cm (4 1/2 in)
Fin Element Counts
D. 17-20; A. 16-18 (explain)
Other Common Names
scaled herring
Previous Scientific Names
State size/bag limits