Sardinella dayi   Regan,  1917 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Color: Back bluish gray with golden and green reflections, the sides silvery white.

Fusiform, compressed body, its depth 34 to 38% standard length; belly sharp with keeled scutes, pre-pelvic 18, post-pelvic 13 or 14. Pseudobranch exposed, as long as eye diameter in larger specimens and up to 1.5 times in eye diameter in smaller fish; gill rakers on lower arm of first arch increase progressively with age, 28 to 46 at 20 mm standard length, and 80 to 132 at 100-120 mm SL fish. Dorsal fin with 14 or 15 branched rays, its origin slightly nearer to tip of snout than to base of caudal fin. Anal fin with 16 or 17 branched rays. Scales cycloid, thin, deciduous, 40 to 42 in lateral series; scales perforated, fimbriated and eroded posteriorly; predorsal median ridge covered by adjacent sides of two rows of scales; alar scales on caudal fin present.

Synonym (s)
Sardinella dayi Regan, 1917
Sardinella dayi Talwar and Kacker, 1984
Sardinella dayi Whitehead, 1973

Common Name (s)
• Days Sardinella (English)
• Thalchesadi (Kannada)
• Pedi (Kannada)
• Tholiquanmathi (Malayalam)
• Parandha Mathi (Tamil)
• Chalamati (Tamil)
• Choodai (Tamil)
• Kavalai (Tamil)
• Day's Sardine
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial



• Orissa, Mahanadi Estuary (Lat: 20.32) (Long: 86.75) INDIA
• Kerala, Ponnani Estuary INDIA (Record: 03/1997-02/1999)
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin INDIA (Record: 1984)
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA (Record: 1984)
• Kerala, Vizhinjam INDIA (Record: 1984)
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin INDIA
• Kerala, Vizhinjam INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Zoological Survey of India (Eds.) (1998) Fauna Of Mahanadi estuary, Orissa Estuarine ecosystem series no 3 ZSI, Kolkata 1-218 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Bijukumar, A and Sushama, S (2000) Ichthyofauna of Ponnani estuary, Kerala Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 42(1&2) 182-189 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Whitehead, PJP (1972) A synopsis of the clupeoid fishes of India Journal of the marine biological association of India The marine biological association of India 14(1) 160-256 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 -
  • Biswas, KP (2009) Fishes around Indian Ocean Dominant Fish Groups Occurring in Indian Coasts Daya publishing house Available at - NIO,Goa

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