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Species: Lycengraulis limnichthys, Schultz's sabretooth-anchovy

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lower jaw: large canines
top jaw not reaching edge operculum
gill rakers 20-23 inferior, 37-42 total
pelvic inserts nearer pectoral base than to A

Lycengraulis limnichthys Schultz, 1949

Schultz's sabretooth-anchovy

Relatively slender (depth = 21-23% of SL); snout prominent, conical, projecting,  short and blunt; rear of the mouth extends well behind the eye; lower jaw suspended below head; upper jaw moderately long, reaching well beyond rear margin of eye, but not reaching rear margin of opercle, its rear tip rounded; both jaws with large, well spaced teeth, those on lower jaw larger; lower jaw with small canine-like teeth; gill rakers: 20-23 lower, 37-42 total; anal fin with long base, 24-27 rays, origin under midpoint of dorsal fin; insertion of pelvic fin nearer pectoral fin base than anal fin origin.

Blue on back, silvery white below; several small black dots on upper gill cover; a silver midlateral stripe present on smaller fish.  

Size: to 19 cm.

A primarily freshwater species that enters brackish water.  

Depth: 0-10 m?

Colombia to the Gulf of Venezuela.

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  • Non Marine
  • Brackish
  • Freshwater
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Surface
  • Water column only
  • Near Surface
  • Mid Water
  • Freshwater
  • Estuary
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Bony fishes
  • Insects
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
  • Data
Global Endemism
  • All species.
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • All species..
  • Continent only
  • Continent
  • GC endemic
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Data deficient
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 19
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 10