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Clupeiformes  -  Engraulidae  -  Engraulis  -  Engraulis mordax

Engraulis mordax

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top jaw reaches ONTO preoperculum

lower jaw tip UNDER nostril
A origin under END D


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.

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