Pacific Sardine
Sardine silver
Scientific Name Sardinops sagax
Conservation Status Least Concern
Family Chordata
Habitat Pacific rim
Food small organisms and organic matter.

The South American pilchard, Sardinops sagax, is a sardine of the Family Clupeidae, the only member of the genus Sardinops, found in the indo-Pacific oceans. Their length is up to 40 cm. It has a number of other common names: blue pilchard, Australian pilchard, blue-bait, Californian pilchard, Chilean sardine, Japanese pilchard, Pacific sardine, and Southern African pilchard.