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Species: Anchoviella perfasciata, Flat Anchovy, Poey's Anchova

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snout 3/4 eye, projects past lower jaw
top jaw not reaching preoperculum
gill rakers 24-30
large scale at pectoral base reaches past mid-fin
A 10-15, origin slightly behind D base

Anchoviella perfasciata (Poey, 1860)

Flat Anchovy, Poey's Anchova

Elongate, slightly compressed; snout prominent, conical, projecting, moderate (~3/4 eye diameter), projects past lower jaw; rear of the mouth extends well behind the eye; lower jaw suspended below head; top jaw short, not reaching preoperculum, tip bluntly rounded; 24-30 lower gill rakers; gill branch under gill cover small (<eye); anal fin with short base, 10-15 branched rays, its origin behind the center of the body and slightly behind base of last dorsal fin ray; large scale inside base of pectoral reaching beyond ½ length of that fin.

Silver stripe along flank ~3/4-1 eye diameter, with dark border above.

Size: to 11 cm.

Coastal pelagic, marine.

Depth: 0-10 m?

N Carolina to the Orinoco.

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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 endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends North of GC
  • GC 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
  • 11
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 10