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Species: Anchoviella lepidentostole, Broadband Anchovy

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snout projects past lower jaw tip
silver stripe > eye (under center D)
top jaw reaches preoperculum
scale at pectoral base > 1/2 fin
A 15-17, origin behind body center, under end D

Anchoviella lepidentostole (Fowler, 1911)

Broadband Anchovy

Body fusiform (depth 20-25% of SL), somewhat compressed; snout prominent, conical, projecting, short, bluntly rounded, projecting past tip of lower jaw; rear of the mouth extends well behind the eye; lower jaw suspended below head; upper jaw rear bone blunt and short, reaches preoperculum; lower gill rakers 19-25; gill branch under gill cover small (<eye); anal fin with short base, 15-17 branched rays, its origin behind the center of the body, ~under end of dorsal fin base; large scale inside base of pectoral reaching beyond ½ length of that fin.

Grey above; a broad (eye diameter wide under center of dorsal fin), very bright silver side stripe, narrow at both ends; tail fin yellow, with dusky tips and rear edge.

Size: to 11 cm.

Coastal waters and estuaries.

Depth: 0-50 m.

Colombia 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
  • 11
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 50