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Species: Anchoa lucida, Bright anchovy

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snout ~ 3/4 eye
eye large
dark: chin, nape, tail tips
stripe ~ 1/2 eye
top jaw passes preopercle, blunt pointed
lower gill rakers 18-23
pectoral reaches pelvic
A: 22-28, origin under ~ center D

Anchoa lucida (Jordan & Gilbert, 1882)

Bright anchovy

Moderately elongate, compressed; eye large; snout short, blunt, ~ ¾ eye diameter; top jaw medium length, reaching onto interopercle, tip bluntly pointed; membrane between gill covers not expanded at rear; third gill arch with a few short rakers on its rear face; 18-23 lower gill rakers; no large canine teeth; dorsal fin origin in mid-body; anal fin base long, iii, 22-28 rays, origin under  or little behind center dorsal fin base; tips of pelvics reach under dorsal fin origin; pectorals long, just reach pelvic origin.

Silver stripe along flank narrow (~ ½ eye diameter); dark  at tip of chin, on nape and tail tips.

Size: 16 cm.

Habitat marine, coastal pelagic, mostly in bays, estuaries and lagoons.

Depth: 0-10 m?.

The Gulf of California to northern Peru.

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  • Brackish
  • Marine
  • Freshwater
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Surface
  • Near Surface
  • Water column only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Estuary
  • Freshwater
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Planktivore
  • Pelagic fish larvae
  • No Data
  • Phytoplankton
  • Zooplankton
  • Pelagic fish eggs
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • All species
  • 3 provinces (Cortez + Mexican + Panamic) endemic
  • Continent only
  • Continent
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 16
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 10