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Species: Anchoa lamprotaenia, Bigeye Anchovy, Regan's Anchovy, Silverstripe Anchovy

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top jaw reaches edge preoperculum
gill branch under gill cover short, not onto gill cover
scale at pectoral base reaches past center fin
gill rakers 17-21
A 18-23, origin under mid D base
anus nearer pelvic than to A

Anchoa lamprotaenia Hildebrand, 1943

Bigeye Anchovy, Silverstripe Anchovy, Regan's Anchovy

Elongate, relatively slender; snout prominent, conical, projecting, pointed, ~3/4 eye diameter; rear of the mouth extends well behind the eye; lower jaw suspended below head; upper jaw long, tip pointed, reaching edge of preopercle; membrane between gill covers not expanded at rear; no large canine teeth; 17-21 lower gill rakers; top limb 3rd gill arch with 6-7 rakers; patch of gill filaments under gill cover short, not extending onto gill cover; anal fin with moderate base, 18-23 branched rays, origin under center of dorsal base; pectorals short, not reaching pelvics; large scale in axil of pectoral fin reaches past center of that fin; anus nearer pelvic fin tip than anal fin origin.

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

Size: 12 cm.

Habitat: marine, pelagic and coastal.

Depth: 0-49 m.

The Gulf of Mexico to Brazil.

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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
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 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)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 12
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 49