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| Common names: anchovy (English), anchoa (Espanol), anchoveta (Espanol) |
Engraulis mordax Girard, 1854
California anchovy, Northern anchovy
Body elongated, rounded; snout long, sharply pointed, prominent; top jaw moderate, reaching onto preoperculum, with pointed tip; tip of bottom jaw reaching under nostril; fine teeth on lower jaw; gill filament on body under gill cover large, reaching onto inner surface of gill cover; membrane under throat between gill covers not expanded at rear; gill rakers fine and slender, 37-45 lower rakers, third gill arch with rakers on rear surface; gill branch under gill cover longer than eye; dorsal fin origin in mid-body; pectoral short, not reaching pelvics; anal fin short (iii, 13-20), origin under or just behind last dorsal ray.
Silver stripe along flank in young fish only.
Size: 25 cm.
Habitat: marine, coastal pelagic, usually within 30km of shore.
Depth: 0-310 m.
Temperate; British Colombia to the tip of Baja, most of the lower Gulf of California.