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Species: Anchoviella elongata, Elongate Anchovy

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snout projects past lower jaw tip
silver stripe narrow ( < eye)
top jaw reaches preoperculum
scale at pectoral base ~1/2 fin
A 18-22, origin behind body center, under center D base

Anchoviella elongata (Meek & Hildebrand, 1923)

Elongate Anchovy

Body slender, elongate (depth <20% of SL); snout prominent, conical, projecting, moderate (~2/3 eye diameter), projects distinctly beyond lower jaw; rear of the mouth extends well behind the eye; lower jaw suspended below head; upper jaw relatively long, reaching to or slightly beyond front edge of preoperculum, its rear tip bluntly rounded; gill branch under gill cover small (<eye); 21-24 lower gill rakers; anal fin with medium base, 18-22 branched rays, its origin behind the center of the body, ~under midpoint of dorsal fin; axillary scale under pectoral fin about ½ length of fin.

Bluish on back, silvery below; a narrow (<eye) silver stripe rearward of the level of the pelvic fins; dorsal fin with a yellow tint; black pigment along bases of dorsal and anal fins; tail fin yellow, with a broad black margin and narrow black upper and lower border.

Size: to 11 cm.

Occurs along sandy shores, also in estuaries and lagoons and other brackish habitats; also into freshwater.

Depth: 0-10 m?

Belize to Panama, also in Brazil.

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  • Brackish
  • Freshwater
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Mid Water
  • Near Surface
  • Surface
  • Water column only
  • Water column
  • Estuary
  • Freshwater
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 only
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • 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
  • 11
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 10