Slender Sardine, Dussumieria elopsoides Bleeker 1849

Other Names: Rainbow Round Herring, Slender Rainbow Sardine, Van Hasselt's Sprat

A Slender Sardine, Dussumieria elopsoides, from Narra, Palawan, Philippines, September 2017. Source: Rodolfo B. Reyes / FishBase. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A silvery sardine with a bluish-green back becoming almost white below.

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Slender Sardine, Dussumieria elopsoides Bleeker 1849

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Port Hedland, Northwest Shelf, Western Australia, to Townsville, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.


Dorsal fin 18–21; Anal fin 15–17; Pectoral fin 14–15; Pelvic fin 8; Lower gill rakers 21–32. 
Body elongated, cylindrical, slender (16–22% SL); belly rounded without prepelvic or postpelvic scutes. Premaxillae rectangular; branchiostegal rays numerous (13–18). Scales cycloid with numerous tiny radiating striae posteriorly. 


Feeds on zooplankton, including crustaceans and smaller fishes.

Species Citation

Dussumieria elopsoides Bleeker  1849, Verhandelingen van het Bataviaasch Genootschap van Kunsten en Wetenschappen 22: 12. Type locality: Java. 


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Slender Sardine, Dussumieria elopsoides Bleeker 1849


Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls. 

Bleeker, P. 1849. Bijdrage tot de kennis der ichthyologische fauna van het eiland Madura, met beschrijving van eenige nieuwe species. Verhandelingen van het Bataviaasch Genootschap van Kunsten en Wetenschappen 22: 1-16 

Lavoué, S., Bertrand, J.A.M., Chena, W-J., Ho, H-C. 2017. Phylogenetic position of the rainbow sardine Dussumieria (Dussumieriidae) and its bearing on the early evolution of the Clupeoidei. Gene 623: 41-47 Abstract

Munroe, T.A., Wongratana, T. & Nizinski, M.S. 1999. Family Clupeidae. pp. 1775-1821 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 3 pp. 1397-2068. 

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs. 

Sainsbury, K.J., Kailola, P.J. & Leyland, G.G. 1984. Continental Shelf Fishes of Northern and North-Western Australia. Canberra : Fisheries Information Service 375 pp. figs & pls. 

Whitehead, P.J.P. 1985. FAO species catalog. Clupeoid fishes of the world (suborder Clupeoidei). Part 1 — Chirocentridae, Clupeidae and Pristigasteridae. FAO Fisheries Synopsis No. 125 Vol. 7 Pt 1. pp. 1-303

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CAAB Code:37085010

Depth:0-50 m

Habitat:Pelagic inshore

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