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Species: Anchoa colonensis, Narrowstriped Anchovy

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silver stripe narrow (~pupil)
top jaw reaches to edge preoperculum
gill branch under gill cover short, not onto gill cover
A 17-21, origin under ~center D
anus nearer to A than to pelvic tips

Anchoa colonensis Hildebrand, 1943

Narrowstriped Anchovy

Elongate, relatively slender; snout prominent, conical, projecting, short (~3/4 eye), pointed; rear of the mouth extends well behind the eye; lower jaw suspended below head; upper jaw long, tip pointed, reaching to rear edge of preopercle; membrane between gill covers not expanded at rear; no large canine teeth; 17-20 lower gill rakers; top limb of 3rd gill arch with 6-7 rakers; patch of gill filaments under gill cover short, not extending onto gill cover; pelvics reach under dorsal origin; anal fin with short base, 17-21 branched rays, origin under ~center of dorsal fin; pectorals short, not reaching pelvics; anus nearer anal fin origin than tips of pelvic fins.

Grey-green above; width of silver stripe on flank ~pupil diameter.

Size: 12.5 cm.

Habitat: marine, pelagic and coastal over sand and gravel bottoms.

Depth: 0-55 m?

Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Mid Water
  • Near Surface
  • Surface
  • Water column only
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Pelagic fish eggs
  • Pelagic fish larvae
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 12.5
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 55