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Species: Anchoa exigua, Slender anchovy

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snout ~ 3/4 eye, pointed
stripe ~ 1/2 eye
top jaw to edge opercle, pointed
lower gill rakers 22-27
short pectoral
A: 16-19, origin under center D

Anchoa exigua Jordan & Gilbert, 1882

Slender anchovy

Slender (depth ~ 18% of SL, compressed; snout medium, pointed (~ ¾ eye diameter); top jaw long, reaching almost to end of gill cover, tip pointed; membrane between gill covers not expanded at rear; third gill arch with a few short rakers on its rear face; 22-27 lower gill rakers; no large canine teeth; dorsal fin origin in mid-body; anal fin base short, iii, 16-19 rays, origin under ~ center of dorsal fin; anus nearer tips of pelvic fins than to anal fin; pectorals short, not reaching pelvics.

Silver stripe along flank narrow, about ½ eye diameter.

Size: 7.5 cm.

Habitat: marine, coastal pelagic, apparently not in estuaries.

Depth: 0-10 m?

The Gulf of California to Ecuador.

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  • Marine
  • Brackish
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Near Surface
  • Water column only
  • Surface
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Planktivore
  • No Data
  • No Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Phytoplankton
  • Pelagic fish larvae
  • Pelagic fish eggs
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • TEP endemic
  • 3 provinces (Cortez + Mexican + Panamic) endemic
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 7.5
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 10