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Genus: Anchovia, Anchovies, Anchovy

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top jaw to before/onto preoperculum
gill rakers 100+
top limb 3rd gill arch: no rakers
A long base



Moderate sized, strongly compressed fishes; snout prominent conical, projecting; rear of the mouth extends well behind the eye; lower jaw suspended below head; top jaw relatively short, at most extending a little onto preoperculum; very fine teeth on lower jaw; gill rakers fine and slender, 45+ lower rakers on 1st gill arch, none on rear face of 3rd arch; gill membrane not broadly joined across under gills; dorsal fin origin at about midbody; anal fin base long (29-32 rays), origin under front to middle of dorsal fin base; pelvics well behind pectorals, before dorsal fin base.

A new world genus, with three species, with two west Atlantic species in our area.