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Species: Anchoviella brevirostris, Snubnose Anchovy

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snout v snort, lower jaw tip almost under snout tip
top jaw not quite reaching preoperculum
A 15-17, origin behind body center, under end D

Anchoviella brevirostris (Gunther, 1868)

Snubnose Anchovy

Body slender, elongate (depth 20-25% of SL), somewhat compressed; snout prominent, conical, projecting, very short (~1/2 eye diameter), projecting only slightly beyond lower jaw; rear of the mouth extends well behind the eye; lower jaw suspended below head; upper jaw rear bone bluntly rounded and short, ends ½ pupil diameter before preoperculum; lower gill rakers 23-27; gill branch under gill cover small (<eye); anal fin with short base, 15-17 branched rays, its origin behind center of body, ~under end of dorsal fin base.

Silver side stripe narrow at front, ¾ of eye diameter over anal fin.

Size: to 9 cm.

Coastal pelagic and in very low salinity estuaries.

Depth: 0-50 m.

The mouth of the Orinoco to Brazil.

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  • Brackish
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Mid Water
  • Near Surface
  • Surface
  • Water column only
  • Water column
  • Estuary
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)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 9
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 50