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  Common names: anchovy (English), anchoa (Espanol)
Anchoviella balboae (Jordan & Seale, 1926)

Balboa anchovy

Snout very short, blunt; eye large; top jaw short, barely reaching past eye, with blunt tip; gill rakers slender, number of lower rakers ranging from about 20 in juveniles to 28-35 in adults, present on rear surface of 3rd  arch, gill branch under gill cover small (< eye); gill membranes short, narrow, not joined below gills; dorsal fin 13-15, origin at about mid-body; anal fin base moderate, 20-26, its origin under or behind dorsal base.

Bluish on back, silvery below; a narrow (~ pupil diameter) silver stripe rearward of the level of the pelvic fins; dorsal fin with a yellow tint; black pigment along bases of dorsal and anal fins; tail fin yellow, with a broad black margin and narrow black upper and lower border.

Size: to 9 cm.

Occurs along sandy shores forming large schools.

Depth: 0-10 m?

El Salvador to Panama.   


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