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Biology

Larvae and juveniles were observed to be selective, raptorial carnivores and switched to non-selective filter feeding omnivory when adults. Caught with purse seines in South Africa and Naminia (Ref. 80687).
  • Bianchi, G., K.E. Carpenter, J.-P. Roux, F.J. Molloy, D. Boyer and H.J. Boyer 1999 Field guide to the living marine resources of Namibia. FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. Rome, FAO. 265 p., 11 colour plates. (Ref. 36731)
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Distribution

Southeast Atlantic: South Africa and Namibia.
  • Bianchi, G., K.E. Carpenter, J.-P. Roux, F.J. Molloy, D. Boyer and H.J. Boyer 1999 Field guide to the living marine resources of Namibia. FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. Rome, FAO. 265 p., 11 colour plates. (Ref. 36731)
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South Africa.
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Physical Description

Size

Max. size

17.0 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 36731))
  • Bianchi, G., K.E. Carpenter, J.-P. Roux, F.J. Molloy, D. Boyer and H.J. Boyer 1999 Field guide to the living marine resources of Namibia. FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. Rome, FAO. 265 p., 11 colour plates. (Ref. 36731)
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

pelagic-neritic; marine; depth range ? - 450 m (Ref. 36731)
  • Bianchi, G., K.E. Carpenter, J.-P. Roux, F.J. Molloy, D. Boyer and H.J. Boyer 1999 Field guide to the living marine resources of Namibia. FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. Rome, FAO. 265 p., 11 colour plates. (Ref. 36731)
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Trophic Strategy

Employs both filter- and particulate-feeding modes on phytoplankton and zooplankton (Ref. 42392).
  • James, A.G. 1988 Are clupeid microphagists herbivorous or omnivorous? A review of the diets of some commercially important clupeids. S. Afr. J. Mar. Sci. 7:161-177. (Ref. 42392)
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Engraulis capensis

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 5
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
  • IUCN 2006 2006 IUCN red list of threatened species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded July 2006.
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Wikipedia

Southern African anchovy

Engraulis capensis, the Southern African anchovy, is a species of anchovy which occurs in the southeast Atlantic Ocean near Namibia and South Africa.

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