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Species: Pterengraulis atherinoides, Wingfin anchovy

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top jaw, just reaches lower jaw articulation
pectorals long, reach past pelvic base
base of gill arches with teeth
12-14 gill rakers
A long base, origin before D origin

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Pterengraulis atherinoides (Linnaeus, 1766)

Wingfin anchovy

Elongate, body depth 22-28% of SL; snout prominent, conical, projecting, short (~2/3 eye diameter); rear of the mouth extends well behind the eye; lower jaw suspended below head; top jaw bluntly rounded, almost to or to lower jaw articulation; teeth on jaws short and even; hyoid bones at base of gill arches with small patches of teeth; lower gill rakers 12-14; dorsal fin short, far back on body; anal fin with long base, 28-32 branched rays, origin just before dorsal fin origin; pectoral fins large and long, reaching past pelvic base.

A silver stripe along flank, broad at front, narrow over the anal fin.

Reaches 30 cm.

Estuarine and freshwater.

Depth range: 0-10 m?

The Orinoco river to the Amazon.


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Salinity
  • Brackish
  • Freshwater
  • Non Marine
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Water column only
  • Near Surface
  • Mid Water
  • Surface
Habitat
  • Estuary
  • Water column
  • Freshwater
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Planktivore
  • Data
Diet
  • Zooplankton
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
  • Data
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent only
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
Residency
  • Vagrant
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 30
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 10