Herring and Sardines may be superficially similar and belong to the same family, Clupeidae. However, the genus and species are different.
Pacific sardine : Sardinops sagax
Pacific herring : Clupea pallasii
“FishBase, a comprehensive database of information about fish, lists at least six species called just “pilchard,” over a dozen called just “sardine,” and many more with the two basic names qualified by various adjectives.” Fish
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