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Species: Anchoa argentivittata, Regan's anchovy, Silverstripe anchovy

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snout ~ eye
stripe ~ 3/4 eye
top jaw reaches interopercle, blunt
17-20 lower gill rakers
pectoral short
A: 14-17, origin under/behind end D

Anchoa argentivittata (Regan, 1904)

Silverstripe anchovy, Regan's anchovy

Elongate, slender, compressed body, snout elatively long, blunt; rear of the mouth extends well behind the eye; top jaw long, tip bluntly pointed, reaching onto interopercle;  lower jaw suspended below head; no large canine teeth;  membrane between gill covers not expanded at rear;  17-20  lower gill rakers;third gill arch with a few short rakers on its rear face, 6-7 upper rakers; dorsal fin origin in mid-body; anal fin with with very short base, iii, 14-17 rays, origin under/behind last dorsal ray;pectorals short, not reaching pelvics; pelvics well behind pectorals, before dorsal fin base, reach under dorsal origin.

Grey-green above; width of silver stripe on flank, width ~ 3/4 eye diameter.

Size: 12.5 cm.

Habitat: marine, pelagic and coastal over sand and gravel bottoms.

Depth: 0-10 m?

The Gulf of California to northern Peru

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  • Brackish
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Water column only
  • Surface
  • Near Surface
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Planktivore
  • Phytoplankton
  • No Data
  • Pelagic fish larvae
  • Zooplankton
  • Pelagic fish eggs
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continent
  • TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 12.5
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 10