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Species: Anchovia surinamensis, Suriname Anchova, Suriname Anchovy

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top jaw not reaching angle of mouth
A 20-25, origin under mid D

Anchovia surinamensis (Bleeker, 1865)

Suriname Anchova, Suriname Anchovy

Moderately deep and compressed; snout prominent, conical, projecting, moderate & pointed, its tip above center of eye; rear of the mouth extends well behind the eye; lower jaw suspended below head; top jaw bone short, with blunt rear tip that does not reach angle of mouth; suboperculum bone with angular rear tip; 51-52 fine slender lower gill rakers, no gill rakers on rear face of 3rd arch; gill membrane not joined across under throat; dorsal fin origin at about midbody; anal fin base long, 20-25 branched rays), origin under mid-point of dorsal fin base.

Width of sliver flank stripe up to 1.5X eye diameter.

Reaches 15 cm.

Lives in estuaries and rivers.

Depth: 0-10 m?

E Venezuela to Brazil.

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  • Brackish
  • Freshwater
  • Non Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Mid Water
  • Near Surface
  • Surface
  • Water column
  • Estuary
  • Freshwater
FishBase Habitat
  • Bentho-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 only
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 15
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 10