The Indian Oil Sardine fish is a species of ray-finned fish in the genus Sardinella.
It is also known by some other names in it’s native area such as Mathi, Chaalai, Kavalai, Maththi, Chaala, Pedvey Padwa, Washi, Tarla, Tharlae, Gisbey and Boothai.
It is one of the 2 most important commercial fishes in India, along with the Mackerel. It is also one of the more regionally limited species of Sardinella and can be found in the northern regions of the Indian Ocean.
Currently the Indian Oil Sardine fish is highly available in it’s native range and is considered as Least Concern. It is distributed from the Gulf of Aden to southwest India, and possibly the Andaman Islands.
The fish is not found in the Red Sea or in the Persian Gulf. Specimens found in the Philippines or in Indonesia were probably misidentifications of Sardinella lemuru. However, read some more information about this fish species below.
Indian Oil Sardine Fish Characteristics
The Body of the Indian Oil Sardine fish is particularly elongated even to the point of being sub-cylindrical. Their belly is slightly rounded and there are 8 rays on their pelvic fin.
They have a very large number of gill rakers and a faint golden spot behind the gill opening. They also have a faint golden midlateral line, as well as a black spot on the hind border of the gill cover.
Average body length of the mature fish is around 20 cm, with a maximum of 23 cm. And maximum recorded body weight of the Indian Oil Sardine fish is 200 grams. Photo and info from Wikipedia.
The Indian Oil Sardine fish are mainly feed on phytoplankton (especially diatoms), but also on zooplankton.
The Indian Oil Sardine fish reach maturity within a year and breeds once a year. The spawners arrive off western coasts of India in June-July when temperatures and salinity are low during the southwest monsoon months. The females generally can lay around 75,000 eggs per spawning.
The Indian Oil Sardine fish is mainly used for food in it’s native area. It is also used for producing fishmeal and fish balls.
The Indian Oil Sardine fish is commercially fished throughout it’s range, and it is one of the most important species of fish in Indian fisheries.
It is one of the 2 most important commercial fishes in India, along with the Mackerel. It is commercially caught mainly in Karnataka, Goa, Kerala and southern Maharashtra.
The Indian Oil Sardine fish is mainly used for food, but it is also used for making fishmeal and fish balls. It is generally marketed fresh, smoked, canned, dried and dried-salted.
The fish reach maturity within one year, and their average lifespan is between 2.5 and 3 years. However, review full breed profile of this fish in the table below.
|Name||Indian Oil Sardine|
|Binomial Name||Sardinella longiceps|
|Other Names||Also known as Mathi, Chaalai, Kavalai, Maththi, Chaala, Pedvey Padwa, Washi, Tarla, Tharlae, Gisbey and Boothai|
|Breed Purpose||Food, fishmeal, fish balls|
|Special Notes||One of the most important species in Indian fisheries, commercially fished throughout it’s range, used for food, fishmeal and fish balls, reach maturity within one year, 2.5-3 years of average lifespan|
|Weight||Around 200 grams|
|Climate Tolerance||Native climates|
|Body Color||Silvery with a faint golden spot behind gill opening, followed by a faint golden midlateral line; a distinct black spot at hind border of gill cover|