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| Common names: anchovy (English), anchoa (Espanol) |
Anchoa curta (Jordan & Gilbert, 1882)
Moderately elongate, compressed; snout short, pointed (~ ¾ eye diameter); top jaw long, tip with sharp point, reaching nearly to end of gill cover; membrane between gill covers not expanded at rear; third gill arch with a few short rakers on its rear face; 21-26 lower gill rakers; no large canine teeth; dorsal fin high, origin at mid-body; pectorals short; anal fin base medium length, 19-23 rays, origin under middle of dorsal fin; anus nearer tips of pelvic fins than anal fin; pectorals short, not reaching pelvics.
A narrow (~ ½ eye diameter) silver stripe along flank.
Size: 8 cm.
Habitat: marine, coastal pelagic, muddy estuaries and open sea, and brackish water; enter freshwater streams.
Depth: 0-10 m?
Southern Baja and the Gulf of California to northern Peru.