Sardine, Pacific

SARDINE, PACIFIC (Sardinops sagax), commonly called pilchard, is a long, narrow fish growing to a maximum length of 33 cm. It is dark metallic blue or green on the dorsal surface and silver on the sides and belly, with black spots in a wide variety of sizes and patterns. Its diet consists of small planktonic organisms. Sardines off the west coast of N America, from California to BC, are considered part of a single widespread stock known as the northern sardine stock. The population experiences...

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