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  Common names: anchovy (English), anchoa (Espanol)
Anchoa spinifer (Valenciennes in Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1848)

Spicule anchovy

Moderately deep, strongly compressed; snout relatively prominent, pointed, ¾ eye diameter;  upper jaw elongate, reaching to edge of gill cover, its rear tip pointed; a small triangular projection on lower margin of gill cover (on suboperculum); membrane between gill covers not expanded at rear; third gill arch with a few short rakers on its rear face; 12-19 lower gill rakers; no large canine teeth; dorsal fin origin in mid-body; anal with long base, rays 34-40, origin ~ under center of dorsal fin; pectoral fin reaching beyond pelvic fin origin.

Bluish on back, silvery below; small specimens with silver midlateral stripe that disappears with age; tail fin yellow, with black edging.

Size: to 26 cm.

Habitat: coastal pelagic.

Depth: 0-55 m.

The only anchovy known from both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of the Americas; Guatemala to Ecuador.


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