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Volume 42 - Number 3 - 2007

Clupeiform fishes of the Valdivian littoral (Chile): Key for identification and comments (Pisces: Osteichthyes)

Sergio Silva G.1 y Germán Pequeño R.2


1Departamentro de Acuicultura, Subsecretaría de Pesca,  Bellavista 168, piso 17, Valparaíso, Chile
2Instituto de Zoología “Ernst F. Kilian”, Universidad Austral de Chile, Casilla 567, Valdivia, Chile




Two families and four species of clupeiform fishes are recognized for the Valdivian coast (Chile), on the basis of the revision of ichthyological collections. These are: Family Engraulidae, with Engraulis ringens and Family Clupeidae with Ethmidium maculatum, Sardinops sagax and Strangomera bentincki. A series of characteristics selected by its stability are presented as the most advisable, for the taxonomical identification work. An illustrated taxonomic key is shown, as well as details about the morphological and meristic characteristics


Key words: Sardines, anchovies, Clupeiformes, Valdivia, Chile




1Laboratorio de Zooplancton, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología,Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. A. P. 70-305, 04510 México, D. F. México
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