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Species: Anchoa trinitatis, Trinidad Anchovy

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gill branch under gill cover short, not onto gill cover
A 26-30, origin under center D
anus nearer pelvic than to A

Anchoa trinitatis (Fowler, 1915)

Trinidad Anchovy

Moderately deep; snout prominent, conical, projecting, sharply pointed but short (<eye); rear of the mouth extends well behind the eye; lower jaw suspended below head; upper jaw long, tip pointed, reaching almost to edge of gill cover; membrane between gill covers not expanded at rear; no large canine teeth; 18-22 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, 26-30 branched rays, origin under middle of dorsal fin; pectorals almost reaching base of pelvics; anus nearer pelvic tips than origin of anal fin.

Blue-green above; width of silver stripe on flank <eye diameter; fins clear but dark pigment at bases of anal and tail fins.

Size: 14 cm.

Habitat: coastal, especially in mangrove-lined lagoons.

Depth: 0-10 m?

Colombia to Trinidad.

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  • Brackish
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Mid Water
  • Near Surface
  • Surface
  • Water column only
  • Water column
  • Estuary
  • Mangrove
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 only
  • GC endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 14
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 10