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Species: Anchoa hepsetus, Broad-striped Anchovy, Striped Anchovy

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silver stripe wide (~3/4 eye)
top jaw reaches past preoperculum
gill branch under gill cover short, not onto gill cover
A 16-23, origin under D base
anus nearer to A than to pelvic

Anchoa hepsetus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Striped Anchovy, Broad-striped Anchovy

Elongate, relatively slender; snout prominent, conical, projecting, ~3/4 eye diameter, pointed; rear of mouth extends well behind eye, lower jaw suspended under head, top jaw sharply pointed, reaches to nearly the edge of the preoperculum; membrane between the gill covers not expanded at rear; no large canine teeth; 19-25 lower gill rakers; top limb of 3rd gill arch with 6-7 rakers; the patch of gill filaments under the gill cover short, not reaching onto gill cover; anal fin with short base, 16-23 branched rays, its origin before the end of the dorsal fin base; pectorals short, not reaching pelvics; large scale in inner base of pectoral reaching > ½ length of that fin; anus nearer origin of anal fin than to tips of the pressed down pelvics.

Silver stripe on flank ~3/4 diameter of the eye, with a dark line above it.

Reaches: 8 cm.

Habitat: marine, coastal pelagic.

Depth range: 0-70 m.

Massachusetts to Brazil.

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  • Brackish
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Mid Water
  • Near Surface
  • Surface
  • Water column only
  • Water column
  • Estuary
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Pelagic fish eggs
  • Pelagic fish larvae
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends N + S of GC
  • Extends North of GC
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Temperate (>35N)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 8
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 70