Amblygaster leiogaster   (Valenciennes,  1847) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: Max length 23.0 cm SL (male/unsexed); common length 18.0 cm SL (male/unsexed)

Color: Black blue/green, flanks silvery and without spots; dorsal fin black.

Body is fairly elongate, subcylindrical in cross-section; belly rounded, but with a low keel of scutes. Head moderate, about 4 times in standard length; gill openings with 2 fleshy outgrowths; gillrakers 31-33 on lower limb of first arch. Dorsal fin origin at mid-point of body or a little nearer to snout; 8 pelvic fin rays; anal fin origin well behind dorsal fin base. Pre-dorsal scales forming a single series.

Synonym (s)
Clupea leiogaster (Valenciennes, 1847)
(Senior synonym)
Clupea okinawensis Kishinouye, 1908
(Junior synonym)
Sardinella leiogaster Valenciennes, 1847
(Senior synonym)
Amblyogaster leiogaster (Valenciennes, 1847)

Common Name (s)
• Smoothbelly Sardinella (English)
• Keerimeen (Malayalam)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Planktonic invertebrates


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• West Bengal INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Rao, DV; Devi, K and Rajan, PT (2000) An account of ichthyofauna of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bay of Bengal Occasional paper no 178 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Calcutta 1-434 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre Available at -
  • Zoological Survey of India (Eds) (1991) Animal resources of India (Protozoa to Mammalia) ZSI 1-694 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean; (Fishing area 51). FAO, Rome 1 Available at -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Ramani, K; Ammini, PL; Srinivasan, J; Najeemudeen, SH; Beena, MR; George, KP; Seynudeen, MB; Subbaraman, G; Anandan, K; Khambadkar, LL; Augustine, SK; Pugazhendi, D; Rudhramurthy, N; Subramani, S; Seetharaman, S; Batcha, HK and Sankaralingam, S (2010) An overview of marine fisheries in India during 2007 Marine Fisheries Information Service CMFRI, Kochi 203 1-14 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Talwar, PK (1990) Fishes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands: A synoptic survey Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 6(2) 71-102 Available at - NIO,Goa
  • Pillai, PKM and Augustine, SK (2000) A code list of common marine living resources of the Indian seas CMFRI Special Publication No.12 CMFRI 1-115 Available at -

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