Description. Clupeidae, the family of fish to which the sardines belong, is a primarily marine .
Sardine in popular culture. Sardines are typically tightly packed in a small, flat can, .
Sarine any of certain food fishes of the Herringfamily, Clupeidae, especially members of the generaSardina,Sardinops,andSardinella;the name sardine can also refer to the common herring (Clupea harengus) and to other small herrings or herring like fishes when canned in oil. The European Sardine(Sardina,orClupea pilchardus)—known as pilchard in Britain—occurs in the Mediterrean Seaand off the Atlantic coasts of Spain, Portugal, France, and Britain.Clupea harengusis found throughout the North Atlantic, including coastal North America. The five recognized species of the genusSardinopsare so similar that they are sometimes classified as the single speciesS. sagax.