IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: anchovy (English), anchoa (Espanol), anchoveta (Espanol)
Anchovia macrolepidota (Kner, 1863)

Big-scale anchovy,     Large-scale anchovy

Deep body, strongly compressed; snout short (< ¾ eye diameter) pointed; top jaw relatively short, at most extending a little onto preoperculum, its tip pointed; very fine teeth on lower jaw; gill rakers fine and slender, 70 lower rakers at 5 cm SL, 100 at 8-13 cm, and 120-135 in large fish, none on rear face of 3rd  arch; gill membrane not broadly joined across under gills; dorsal fin15, origin at about midbody; pectorals reaching pelvic base; anal fin base long (26-29 branched rays), origin under ~ middle of dorsal fin base.

Bluish on back, silvery below; a silvery stripe sometimes present along middle of side; fins yellowish, tail fin with dark border.

Size: gows to about 25 cm.

Inhabits sandy shores and brackish river mouths forming large schools.

Depth: 0-10 m.

Southern Baja and the Gulf of California to northern Peru.   


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